Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Garden Cards

I recently pulled out an older MFP stamp set called "Planted with Love"  which hasn't seen much love for a while. I stamped, clear-embossed, and colored the 2 seed packets with Copics, then fussy cut them, and tucked them into 2 separate vellum panels. I stamped the 2 different sized crows from the set and hand-drew in a few seeds for them to much on. The card base is a celery green color even though it appears grey on my monitor.

Here's the 2nd card made with the set and includes 2 Cheery Lynn flourishes cut from snippets of green saved from a store-bought card. I pulled all of these pre-cut/pre-punched flowers from my stash, and added them randomly with some gems and brads.

This card was made for a previous challenge, but I didn't finish it before the challenge closed. I started by randomly stamping the sunflower images and then found the center-point of the card and started drawing lines to form a grid of 1-inch squares. I colored in some squares with orange and green markers, and stamped the crows in others. The stamp set includes a tiny stamp of it's name, so I masked off the words "Planted with Love" and stamped that in 4 squares too.

I'm entering these over at the Shopping our Stash #258 challenge which is "How Does your Garden Grow"

Today we're expecting some much-needed rain to help keep those gardens growing! Thanks for the visit and have yourself a great day!


Monday, June 27, 2016

Distressed Christmas Cards

I'm trying to play catch-up with my Christmas card stash, so I made 2 cards using the same Tim Holtz image. I stamped this on white cardstock with early espresso ink, then added a little color with Tombow markers. I sponged the panel all around the Santa image with Antique Linen ink, then distressed it using an old Heidi Swapp distressing tool. I paired it with some red and kraft cardstock which was embossed with a friend's borrowed Sizzix ef.

This version was stamped on vanilla cardstock using Vintage Photo ink, and colored with Tombow markers. I distressed the edges of the image and Northwoods sentiment panel using antique linen ink and a distressing tool, adding some Poppystamps stitched berries and holly leaves die cuts. The background was done in hunter green with a CB folder and the card was placed on a vanilla card base.

I'm entering the Tuesday Throwdown #299 challenge for "distressing" just under the deadline!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week ahead!


Saturday, June 25, 2016

June Rudolph Days

It's time for the June Rudolph Days challenge where we make Christmas cards every month during the year to avoid that last minute rush. I just love this cute Whimsy Christmas pup, so I stamped and colored him with Copics, adding some liquid applique to his Santa hat. I added a paw brad to the sentiment and tilted the panel onto a Hero Arts background that was stamped with Versamark ink on a piece of dark red cardstock, then embossed with white embossing powder.

Wishing you a great weekend, and thanks so much for stopping by!


Thursday, June 23, 2016

Just For You

The Little Red Wagon Challenge #347 is "Kraft-tastic" - in other words, use kraft paper on your project. I started with a SB diagonal chevron die and cut 4 times with kraft, aqua, black, and white cardstocks. I inlaid the colorful negatives to get a pattern I liked, and then added a cute little Art Impressions chihuahua image, colored with Copics and fussy cut by hand. The image panel was die cut with Gina Marie stitched circles, and dotted with punched negatives for accents. The 3 circles on the left were done with a Poppystamps stitched holly berries and leaves die set, adding black and white smaller circles done with a SU! owl punch. The SU! sentiment was heat-embossed with white on kraft, and this one is headed to Cards for Hospitalized Kids.

Thanks for checking in today, and I wish you the best day ever!


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Summer Flowers

I have a summery card with flowers to share today. The image and sentiment are both from MFP and the flowers were colored with Copics. All of the panels were die-cut with my Big Shot and some Lil Inker stitched rectangles. The finishing touch was to add a little piece of pink satin ribbon.

I'm sharing this over at the Cuttlebug Mania Midsummer challenge - which is to use flowers and/or a wreath. The only requirement is to use a manual die cutting machine.

Summer is now into full swing where I live, so I hope to get outdoors to enjoy some warm sunshine today. Thanks for stopping by and have yourself a wonderful day too!


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

White Dresses

A neighbor of mine is getting married soon, so here's a little card for her bridal shower. I used a SU! dress form framelit die, adding a couple layers of tulle  on the skirt of the dress with some narrow satin ribbon around the waist. (click to enlarge for details) The background was done with a Spellbinders "flowers" Impressabilities and I added some Wink of Stella shimmer to the flowers in the pattern. I added some 2mm pearls to the bodice of the dress, and silver embossed the SU! teeny tiny wishes sentiment. Both the embossed panel and the card base were die cut with Lil Inker stitched rectangles.

Lately, I've been making 2 of each style card I make, so here's the 2nd one.........

For this one, I used a different dress framelit in the set of SU! dies, and embossed the skirt with a CB swiss dots ef. I added a satin waistband, and a silver embossed punched flower with a tiny gemstone in the center. I'm not sure if I like all the white on white, because the elements seem to blend into one another.

I'm sharing over at the Shopping our Stash Challenge #257 which is to use a dress from or a dress.

Thanks for stopping by and make it a great day!


Monday, June 20, 2016

Hang in There

It's Monday - so hang in there :)

I have a bright summery card for today using a piece of colorful background paper done with a Tim Holtz shattered stencil and some bright distress inks that were sponged on. I cut a snippet of that sponged paper to make the matching outfit for the owl. The embossed aqua, white, and tangerine panels were done with Lil Inker and Gina Marie stitched dies, and the sentiment is from the SU! set "Here for You." The SU! punched owl is hanging from a branch cut with a MB woodland branch die.

Here's hoping your Monday is off to a good start. Summer's here!


Sunday, June 19, 2016

Father's Day Folio {Photo-heavy}

I made my husband a father's day folio using this tutorial and used up some retired SU! dsp at the same time. I used many free digital images throughout, and here my little tribute to him and his favorite things.

Front Cover

Inside Top Cover; the larger tag has a personal message and the smaller tag has some coffee cash tucked inside.

Here are the pages - the first is my husband's favorite thing in the world - WaWa coffee.

This truck was his favorite - a 2000 Ford F150 bought new. It finally died with very high mileage and a blown head gasket back in January. I took this picture just before they came to haul it away.

He's a die-hard Ford man and this was the hot rod he always dreamed he'd own one day. He was saving to buy an old coupe, but when he lost his job after 36 years back in 2006, he was forced to use those savings to live on after the unemployment ran out.

My husband's always been an avid Indian artifact hunter/collector, and has quite a collection of arrowheads he's found through the years. When the kids were smaller, we camped in a slide-on camper like the one shown above. The same old song was heard every time we headed somewhere......."are we there yet??"

This is his favorite ice cream store. It has the same last name as ours, but unfortunately we're not related so there's no discount. LOL Chocolate is his favorite flavor.

This page represents some of the animals we've had in our 48 years together. Horses and dogs have always been in our lives.

A few more of his favorite things.

Davey Allison was always his favorite Nascar driver, and of course we're both die-hard Elvis Presley fans.

He was like a kid in a candy store when he got his first snowblower. Now he hates having to clear snow! Age happens :)

This is the inside of the back cover. It was a printed digital with enough space for me to stamp his name in there in red.

 I realize I missed a photo of one page with a baseball theme. He played little league and always loved the Phillies.

So there's a little tribute to my husband for Father's day 2016. If you stayed with me this long, thanks for stopping by and tuning in for a little while! 

Happy father's day to all the dads out there too!

I'll share this over at the Snippets playground 234 because it's filled with snippets of all kinds.


Saturday, June 18, 2016

Watercolored Birthday

Today I have a watercolored birthday card using a Penny Black image as well as a Gina Marie oval burst die. I began some watercolor paper that was colored in shades of yellow and pink; dried, and then die cut into pieces. I cut another oval burst die from bubblegum pink cardstock and inlaid the colored pieces into that. The image was water colored and cut with a Gina Marie stitched oval die and matted with pink - cut with a Spellbinders scalloped petite oval die. The SNSS sentiment was stamped on a snippet of water colored paper to finish the card.

I'm sharing this at the Tuesday Throwdown challenge #TT298 which is "watercolor."

I'm also taking it over to the Penny Black Saturday challenge for June which has a theme of "birthdays."

Thanks for checking in today - have yourself a wonderful weekend and a very happy Father's day to all the dads out there tomorrow!


Friday, June 17, 2016

Stenciled Tulips

I have 2 versions today of stenciled background cards done with a Tim Holtz shattered stencil and sponged with assorted colors. I used a borrowed (r) SU! set and stamped it in coordinating shades of pink, rose, red, and green. The first version has a white heat-embossed SNSS sentiment on black with a Lil Inker stitched rectangle die cut panel for the image.

For this version, I added a snippet of pink satin ribbon and stamped the sentiment on the image panel.

Thanks for stopping by and may all your weeds be wildflowers too!