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

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Just for Fun: A Makeover

I hope your Saturday is in full swing and going well. 
I got some time to stamp today. I kept thinking about yesterday's card (posted HERE). My photo made it look dark, and my mind read that as muddy. So I set out to make it over today. Just for fun! 

Adding the white circular die cut, a white embossed sentiment, and using less leaves lightened up the overall look. Instead of using blended Oxide inks, which have muted chalky hues - I watercolored the leaves, using my Gansai Tambi paints. I also added a very few ink spatters to the card front. 

I am MUCH more pleased with this one. Also, the photo. Thanks to the Color Throwdown for these great colors! 

Thank you for visiting today. Tell me which card you like best? Gently, please.....

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Friday, October 4, 2019

Distress Oxides in Autumn Shades

Hello, hi there! 
I could hardly bring myself to craft for fall as we are having a drought and unprecedented heat wave right now. I'm not even able to think about Christmas cards and it's already October! 

But I managed to craft as it's too hot to go outside! Fortunately I've seen some COOL alternative color combos for fall lately. Lavender leaves, anyone? 

I did some Distress Oxide ink blending using lavender, purple, orange, and green on white Bristol Smooth card stock. Then I stamped leaves on the inked piece and embossed them in gold, and die cut them. 

These were the colors at Color Throwdown for this week, I'm playing along. I did get a bit of green in there. 

I ended with a few sequins, a banner-ed sentiment and random splashes of watercolor. I hope you have a wonderful day and I'm so glad that you came by!

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Supplies used:
Stamps: WPlus9 - Autumn Blessings, Autumn Leaves and dies

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Just a Little Bit Country

Hello, welcome and come on in! 
Imagine that I'm inviting you into my cozy English Country kitchen to show you a few of my favorite things. Make yourself comfy with a cup of tea or coffee and feel right at home. 

Then you'll get a sense of how I was feeling inspired as I made this card. My kitchen did used to have these colors that I love. 

A few of my favorites are the yellow and blue combo, birds, tea cups, florals and geometrics.  

I stamped the trellis background stamp (WPlus9 Tropic Fever) in Salty Ocean Distress Ink. The floral cluster was stamped to create a tone on tone background on the yellow panel. The images from Hello and Thanks (WPlus9) were colored with Copics and die cut and layered on a hexagon die cut. 

This photo from The Card Concept inspired me to use the florals, blues and cottage theme in my clean and layered card. 

I am also playing along at the Fusion Card Challengefollowing the theme and the sketch. 

and adding one more to Simons Says Stamp: Anything Goes
I've enjoyed your visit! Thanks for spending time with me today, hope your day is wonderful.

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Monday, September 30, 2019

Color Throwdown #562

Welcome to my blog today, I so appreciate your visit. 
I got crafty and pulled out my Zig markers for today's card. 

I have been so inspired by playing along with the Color Throwdown Challenge. I find sketch challenges to be easy but color challenges make me think a bit more. 

I end up with not only different color combos that I would never try on my own, but often different style elements as well. 

I die cut the card front diagonally, used foam to raise the two panels, and placed black card stock behind for a bold and graphic design. 

The images are from Simon Says Stamps Look for the Rainbows and were heat embossed in black. Also entering this at the SSS Anything Goes Wednesday Challenge.

That's it for me today. Hope to see you back here soon!

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Friday, September 27, 2019

You're A Classic

Good morning and happy Friday! Hope you're on your way to a great weekend.

I pulled out my Polychromos to color the car for a masculine card today. I liked being able to color this car as if it had a few dings and dents of a classic. Or vintage set of wheels.

 When I saw the argyle in the inspiration for the sketch I knew I would be adding another masculine birthday card to my stash.  And playing along with:

Now for the rest of the story. I keep thinking this card needs something. And it does. Because .... I lost the stamp I initially planned to use on it! You know how easy it is for polymer stamps to get stuck on something?  Well, the sentiment that says "Cruising by to say...." cruised itself right into hiding somewhere in plain sight. I chose a different sentiment after a long time of looking and left the banner mostly empty. Calling it done and squeaky clean!

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Supplies used:
Stamps: Honey Bee - You're A Classic, Car Show
Paper: Neenah Solar White, SU - Real Red, Smoky Slate
INK:Simon Says Stamp - Intense Black
Accessories: WPlus9 - Bold Banner Die, Wink of Stella, Polychromos Colored Pencils

Thursday, September 26, 2019

The Greetery Blooming Branch

Hello friends! You know that I can't let too many days go by without pulling out stamps from The Greetery
Today's card features the Blooming Branch and Robin and Wren sets with a clean layout. 

Inks in the window were blended using soft corals. You will find all my supplies listed under my signature.

I'm joining the inspiring group at Freshly Made Sketches with my entry. 

I'm so glad that you came by today!

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Supplies used:
Stamps: The Greetery - Blooming Branch, Robin and Wren and dies , Sentiment Suite - Birthday
Paper: Neenah Solar White
INK: WPlus9 - Warm Wool, Last Leaf; Distress Oxide: Worn Lipstick, Abandoned Coral, Faded Jeans, Dusty Concord, Walnut Stain

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Make Mine TALL

Good morning all! It is the middle of the week and officially fall. Cooler temps today and I'm in frisky spirits. Just in time for another card with the bushel and a peck theme! 

The opportunity to create a tall card was perfect for this large image. I stamped the bushel basket on woodgrain patterned paper, and added shading details with Copics and clear jewel drops for dimension. This card measures 3.5" x 7". I constructed two panels and adhered one flap over the back. 

Happy to be sharing this at The Paper Players today.
Enjoy your day!

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Supplies used:
Stamps: Honey Bee Stamps - Bushel and a Peck and matching dies
Paper: SU - Very Vanilla, and retired DSP "Color Me Autumn" still one of my absolute favorite papers!
INK:Simon Says Stamp - Intense Black
Accessories: Nuvo Crystal Drops - Morning Dew, Cotton Ribbon - SU, twine

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Orchid Expressions

It's a sunny Saturday afternoon! Hope your weekend is going well. 
I want to pop in with a quick post and then I'll be on my way. 

I saw the gorgeous combo at Color Throwdown and just had to play along. The need for purple inspired me to pull out the Orchid Expressions set (PTI) and stitched frames to mount the images on for an easy color-blocked design. 

These images include three layers of stamping. I added tiny black flower centers from another set, and a few sequins.

The combo includes Ivory and I thought it added a softness to the colors that is really fresh. You know I don't often use purple in my designs. But this card may have changed my mind! I love these colors together. Here's the beautiful inspiration photo.

Thanks so much for coming to visit today!

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Supplies used:
Stamps: PTI - Orchid Expressions and dies; The Greetery - Sentiment Suite - Thinking of You and Dies
Paper: PTI - Cream, Hawaiian Shores, Mint Julep
INK: Simon Says Stamp - Intense Black; WPlus9 - Ocean Breeze, Cockle Shell, Bloomberry,