Saturday, October 24, 2020

Home Sweet Home

 I am so glad that you're here! It's Saturday and I'm enjoying an easy at home day. Just ate some of those grilled burgers that I had a hankering for yesterday, and spent a bit of time playing with Home Sweet Home (from SSS.)

No dies, just scissors. Plus stamps paper and ink. It felt good to create simply today and using these cute Waffle Craft papers made it extra nice. 

I love the sentiment on this one, it made me choke up a bit. It's been awhile since I've seen family and I do really miss getting out to do the things we used to do.  

I thought the lineup of rainbow stripes worked well for the layout at Freshly Made Sketches

Keeping with the colors in the paper, I stamped the houses over it and colored with Copics in the same shades. One of the great things about Waffle Flower papers is that their packs are 5.5. x 8.5 so you get two cards from each sheet. At 80 lbs the paper is able to stand up well for coloring, heating, or embossing. I added clear Nuvo drops to the hearts for shine.

For the second card, I used a blade to cut out the rectangle, using the printed frame of the paper to cover the pattern with the clouds and birds. Sending hugs Special Delivery is a nice thought for any time of year. Nuvo drops for the plane, a bit of shimmer on the sign, and a few enamel dots for embellishment. That is all.

I will also enter the SSS Challenge to Layer it Up. Hope you enjoy whatever the day brings you!

Be yourself

     Delight in your craft 

        Make something beautiful!

Friday, October 23, 2020

Christmas Cheer

 It's Friday and though I didn't stamp all week, I couldn't resist getting a bit inky this afternoon. The SY Christmas Cheer set (MFT) is new to me, and so is the die for the hillside scene (The Cat's Pajamas.) 

I thought these critters looked cute enough to hug! I kept the Copic coloring simple and created a background using Distress Oxide inks. 
I will enter this to the NBUS Challenge, it's a great place to share your creations made with new stuff, and The Sketch Challenge.

I am sitting on my porch and it's 80 degrees and a delightful sunny afternoon. Hope you are doing well and staying well! I will be back when I get in the mood to stamp again. Someone is grilling now and the smell of burgers is alluring! 
Have a great weekend. 

Be yourself

     Delight in your craft 

        Make something beautiful!

Monday, October 19, 2020

An Apple for You

Hello to you today. How's it going?

Two things I can't resist right now - apples for fall, and slimline cards. Here's another one for you! 

I used the Bushel and a Peck stamps and dies from Honeybee Stamps and Copics to color the fruit and leaves. Arranging them on the Slim-Cuts Braided Circles Die helped this card come together quickly. 

I chose the sentiment from a retired MFT stamp set. My husband thinks it should read you're the apples of my eye because there are three of them. What do you think? 

I love hearing from you! Thanks for all the kind words you have been sending my way! And now for the song...... a bushel and a peck.  Doodle oodle oooo...... Don't worry, I'm not as old as this song. It was from my mother's generation, lol!

I'm going out to take a walk before I get myself into more punchy-ness!

Be yourself

     Delight in your craft 

        Make something beautiful!

Friday, October 16, 2020

The Color Hues Challenge #4

 Greetings Color Hue fans and stamping friends! 

At the Color Hues Color Challenge the shades of orange and blue are on the docket today. 

As soon as I saw the adorable fluffy bunnies with their tea brewing I knew these stamps would find their way to my stash! I love my cuppa tea and tend to look just as content when it is in my hands as these cuties. Sigh.

I sponged Oxide inks to add some blue behind each of the shapes in the scene, and used DSP behind the die cut panel. The images were fussy cut and colored with Copics. 

Are you keeping calm today? Have you put the kettle on yet?

Hope you'll get comfy and come play with us at Color Hues!
This color combo is so fun! 

Supplies are listed below. 

Be yourself

     Delight in your craft 

        Make something beautiful!

Supplies used: 

Stamps: The Cat's Pajamas - Make Tea

Paper: SU! - Artistry Blooms DSP

Monday, October 12, 2020

Portrait Pals Pin Up

 Good evening friends! It is rare to find me back at the screen with my second post of the day. Turns out I had to get this card in before the deadline as I'm playing along with the MFT Sketch Challenge.  I had a false start with an idea that just didn't work, but when I pulled out the Portrait Pals stamps from Hello Bluebird things just came together. 

I love the result of these wild things posing in the jungle! I had them all colored and trimmed out so it just became a matter of fitting them in the sketch. I used Copics to color and added white gel pen accents. All are raised with foam behind them for dimension.

The sentiment and DSP are both from MFT (retired.) This greeting will work well whichever way I decide to go when mailing this. Either happy hugs for your special day or happy hugs from all of us or even with a just because theme. 

Since these stamps are brand spankin' new I am also entering at NBUS. You wouldn't believe all the amazing cards over there!
Thanks so much for your visit today. Makes this critter-happy-crafter smile to have you here! Hugs to you!

Be yourself

     Delight in your craft 

        Make something beautiful!

Thinking of You

 Hello everyone! 

I needed a few more cards to add to my stash and enjoyed featuring sets from The Greetery to create a trio of cards. Using the MISTI made it easy to explore different color combos with the lily images from Signed & Sealed. Now I have several of these die cut and ready to go for next time!

I randomly stamped a background onto Fog card stock.This very pale gray from WPlus9 is my favorite to use for a neutral design. Stamping the small images from Pretty Postmarks  created a vintage style backdrop for the cluster of leaves and flowers. They were stamped and die cut, then I added them to a white card base. 

These are clean and simple but they also have a collage style which I think goes well with any kind of sentiment inside. One thing that contributes a bit of texture and detail was using the Just Stitching Double Rectangles. I love using them but too often I forget! 

I'm sending warm hugs your way today. Thanks so much for coming by to visit! 

Be yourself

     Delight in your craft 

        Make something beautiful!

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Fancy Phrases

 I am glad that you've come back to visit! For today's card I'm returning to my roots. First crafty loves: Stampin' Up!, flowers, coloring and classic design. 

The Fancy Phrases set caught my eye in the catalog and I loved the sentiments included. The greeting I used continues inside with "I count you twice!"  

This card is the first I've made using it, opting to color the pretty florals with Copics. I fussy cut some parts of the image to hang outside of the rectangle. The designer paper (from Doodlebug) has a touch of texture that complements the image well. 

I'm playing along with the challenges at Freshly Made Sketches 


SSS Weekly Challenge Make It Sparkle and NBUS this week! I added  a few gems and shimmer pen for sparkle. 

I am definitely counting my blessings today, and you are one of them!

Be yourself

     Delight in your craft 

        Make something beautiful!