Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Tis the Season

It seems tis the season when I need more get well cards in my stash. Many ailments going round in my community of friends so I'd better be ready!

I created a simple card today using the Feel Better stamps and Die-namics from MFT and the sketch from CAS(E) This.

I loved the topsy turvy stripes so I chose striped paper and stamped images colored with Copics. 

Fortunately I am feeling very well. But my stamping mojo has been under the weather. I keep spending time in the craft room and coming out with nothing accomplished. Or having bits of images but none I feel inspired to make a card with. Lack of supplies is definitely NOT the problem, ha! I hoped a challenge and keeping it simple would help me beat the slump. 

It's the time of year when I usually have most of my Christmas cards done. So far I have made ONE. Hope I can kick in some constructive creativity soon! 

Thanks for listening. Anybody in the same boat with Christmas cards?  I sure enjoyed your visit today. 

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 

        Make something beautiful!

Monday, November 4, 2019

Sing Along for Christmas Mice

Good morning to my stamping friends! I hope you are having a glorious day so far. 
I'm jumping right in with a card made for the new Retro Rubber Challenge. The theme of Anything Goes leaves it wide open for you to play along and I hope you will! 

This adorable creature is part of the Merry Mice stamp set (SU!) that came out a few years ago. I got it two years ago and had not inked it up yet! I think critters are so cute but in my busy-ness creating the traditional and religious themes for Christmas cards that I send, the whimsical and cute images often get left out.

And this caroler is CU-Ute! Colored in Copics he's framed by a window, and surrounded by stenciled snow flurries on a blended background.

I love challenges that help me use or try something new.Thanks for taking a peek today. Hope you've been inspired! 

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Friday, November 1, 2019

Happy Mail With Love from The Greetery

Hi to my stamping friends! Hope your day is going well. I'm enjoying the sunshine and very cool temps we're having today by spending some time in the stamp studio. 

You know how every once in a while you begin with a small idea for a card and as you make it the process unfolds into a result you really like? That's what happened today. 

Betsy has done it again with her designs at The Greetery! With Love at Christmas stamps are designed for Christmas stationery. With a change of colors this set is perfect for any season. And who doesn't love happy mail? I adhered the little envie to the card front so that it can be removed and used again added to a gift bag or a lunchbox.  

I thank Color Throwdown for the great combo featured this week. Check out the fabulous DT samples as well!

I stamped with PTI inks and added details to the images with colored pencils and a white gel pen. Hope you have a great day, I am happy that you came by. 

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Monday, October 28, 2019

Vintage Birthday

Hi there! 
I wondered whether to title this Vintage Birthday? Masculine Birthday? or Old -Timer Birthday? Ha! It really is all three. 

I'm glad to have it ready and made in a jiffy using the vintage papers from Graphic 45. They are vintage style and they've been on my shelves for a LONG time too. 
I paired them with a sentiment and a sketch. 
The Freshly Made designers come up with the best sketches!

The stamps are Autumn Leaves from WPLus9 and Papertrey's Just A Number set. I embossed the numbers in gold, but that doesn't quite show up in the photo. I bought the set for just this kind of card, where the numbers are needed to highlight the special number of years of the occasion. 

Hope you've enjoyed coming by today. Thanks for stopping by.

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Let's Make Memories - Christmas Eve

Hello, friends!
You're here just in time to catch my first Christmas card of the season. I held off as long as I could but over the weekend I had to get the lovely Christmas Eve stamps from The Greetery inked and onto paper.

I experimented with different colors for the background, and I like this night sky scene best. I used Distress Oxide inks for the sky in Tumbled Glass, Blueprint Sketch, Chipped Sapphire and Black Soot. For all other inking I used Altenew inks.  The trees are from the stamp that comes with the set, I changed the size by a bit of masking. 

I love having images so reminiscent of going to Christmas Eve mass as a girl with my family, and the meaningful sentiments that the set comes with. I ended up combining sentiments from the Sentiment Suite Christmas set and the With Love at Christmas set. It's great how well these products work together. 
Hope this brings a smile to your face today. Thanks for visiting! 

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Monday, October 14, 2019

Autumn Birthday with The Greetery

It's Monday, saying a happy hello to you! 
Some snippets of time and leftovers from past projects came together for today's card featuring products from The Greetery. 
I had an extra inked panel left over from this card (click HERE to see it) and decided to add texture with stencil paste. Just to play around. 

I liked the effect so much that I went looking for other images to make it into a card. The detail on the wheat seemed similar to the V in the stencil. I really am loving the Budding Beauties stamp set!

I was also inspired by Color Throwdown and Freshly Made Sketches to play along. 

I will list all the products below. The inks used were Distress Oxides. Thanks for visiting! 

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Supplies used: all from The Greetery 
Stamps: Budding Beauties stamps and dies, Sentiment Suite: Birthday and Dies
Accessories: Knit Wits Stencils

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Cozy with Cotton Comfort

Hello to all my crafty friends. This week flew by but I finally got some time to stamp. 

My new order arrived from The Greetery! You know I love the products, but have I told you that Betsy's shipping and customer service is fantastic?

Of course the Christmas goodies are exciting but before I get to them I wanted to ink up the Budding Beauties stamps and combine the berry sprigs with the branches from the Cotton Comforts set.

 All images were stamped with Distress Oxide inks and die cut. I arranged them on a panel of white card stock that I sponged with Antique Linen, and Fossilized Amber Abandoned Coral inks. 

The panel measures 5" x 3-3/4" and was adhered to a white card stock base. The images were added on foam tape for dimension. I love how easily they lined up for each layer of stamping. I used a small sponge dauber to ink them, even adding a bit of ink to the cotton puffs without the stamp.

I hope to make a few more cards before I bring out the Christmas stamps, so please bear with me. I'm so glad the you could visit today. Enjoy your afternoon! 

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Supplies used:
Stamps: The Greetery - Sentiment Suite Basics - Thinking of you; Cotton Comforts; Budding Beauties; and coordinating dies for each
Paper: Neenah Solar White 80 lb.
INK:Ranger Distress Oxide Inks in Fossilized Amber, Frayed Burlap, Abandoned Coral, Tea Dye, Shabby Shutters, Candied Apple
Accessories: sponges