I was able to spend an afternoon and evening with a bestie Donna and we did lunch, shopping, time in her studio, wonderful dinner (oh did I say she is also a great cook), and some much needed "talk" time. We did get a few cards made and I must say this is my favorite. The die cut is from Memory Box, and I had the with sympathy in my drawer of die cuts so I don't know who makes it. We took a stencil, a Hero Arts ombre green ink pad (new) and using a sponge sponged the three color variations through the stencil, love not only the ink pad but the great results. the longer the ink sits on the cs, the more vibrant the colors become. I have had this flower die for a while and took it with me to use and again love it, some pearl green bling for center of flowers and this card is already in the mail box this am. I am already thinking of lots of uses for this die and this technique. Challenges: Simon Says - Make your own background Word Art Wednesday - anything goes
What a cute stamp and sentiment from Great Impressions - (love their stamps). I have a friend who recently had surgery so I am sending this one to her in hopes she is doing well. For this project I stamped and embossed with black embossing powder colored with copic markers and I can see that I need to refine this technique a bit as I had a few stray black thingies, but it worked out ok. I will know the next time. I used bits and pieces of some patterned papers that I had clipped together and thing it all tied together. Had some new thin washi tape from AMuse Studio that worked great to tie the elements into Sketch Saturday. Off in the mail it goes today. Challenges: Sketch Saturday - follow sketch Word Art Wednesday - anything goes Crafty Catz - 2 or more patterned papers Got Moxie - spring Crafting from the Heart - anything goes
Needed an anniversary card for daughter and son-in-law - and I think this turned out really well, hmmm ...thinking about our anniversary coming up in a few months. Oh well I would not remember where I had put it so will wait until August to make one for us. I used a really cute Unity stamp, all AMuse Studio cs, love the dots and stripes and how the colors go together so well. I am submitting this to Sketch Saturday so I followed the sketch. The punched out hearts are to cover a bit of a "oops" but I think it turned out ok. Happy Anniversary Michele and Bruce.
Challenges: Sketch Saturday - follow sketch Love to Scrap - use dots or stripes - (I used both) Eelectic Ellapu - April showers Simon Says - April Showers
I needed a sweet birthday card for one of my chemo buddies and I also wanted to enter Sketch Saturday - I always get a lot of inspiration when I go to Sketch Saturday for their sketch of the week. Then yesterday I watched a video by Jennifer McGuire on the Hero Arts website and she told how to get some extra pop on your butterflies - although it does not show up really well on this card but IRL I love it. and don't you just love the NEW stamp from Great Impressions. I have a couple of cloud stencils but oh my, love this cloud stamp, it is one that I will leave out on my desk cause I think I see a lot of use for this stamp. Butterflies colored with gelatos and wiped with a baby wipe to get some color variation, butterflies colored to go with the DP from Michaels. Butterfly punch from MS - which I think it works pretty well for this card. off to mail this tomorrow. Challenges:
What a fun card to make - love these little Easter Bunnies from Great Impressions - and they are even cuter if you add a fluffy tail. I colored these bunnies in a "neutral" color so I could mix and match papers. I did some stitching around the banner so it would match the stitched oval of the bunnies. Three ribbon tags which match the pastel paper and a Happy Easter sentiment. Challenges: Sketch Saturday - follow sketch Scrap Creations - pastels Little Claire - springtime Sassy Studio - anything goes Crafting for all Seasons - pastels Great Impressions - going Green DoubleClick AKA Busy Bee - Easter
When we get special requests from chemo patients needs an extra bit of encouragement they give us just a little bit of information, favorite colors, favorite animal, etc. and seems like there are a lot of people (both adult and children) that love giraffes. This is an old image from TAC (retired) but I have hung on to those tried and true sets from my TAC days. Again another easy card - with the age of die cuts it is fairly easy to put together a cute card especially if you have some die sentiments like this smile. This one is already on its way and hopefully will add just a bit of sunshine to someones day.
I am having so much fun playing with this set from SU called Lotus Blossom - I think it simply has endless possibilities. I created several different color combinations this morning while I was playing and the shades of yellow just said SPRING to me. I usually don't make a lot of thank you cards especially with the internet, facebook, and texting hand written thank you notes seem to be almost a thing of the past. But I needed one to send out to a friend and this one was so easy once I got my colors that I wanted. I can see a lot of cards going out using this stamp set. Challenges Sketch Saturday - follow sketch Whoopsi Daisy - anything goes Sister Act Card Challenge - anything goes
I am a hopelessly addicted stamper. I retired from nursing in July 2013, a career that I loved. I am married to a guy that loves to fish as much as I love to craft (more stamping time for me) and we share our home with 2 big beautiful dogs - Bella and CoCo and 2 cats - Nikki and Calli.