Sunday, January 29, 2023

Turning Six


 My neighbor's grandson is turning six next month so I made a colorful birthday cake card for him and made use of some leftover strips of designer paper to make the candles. I had a little piece of pastel pink cardstock and rounded the top 2 corners to make the cake. I added a border done with a Martha Stewart Goo punch, and covered it with diamond Stickles for some sparkly frosting. The candles were made with strips of leftover assorted designer papers and covered at the top with some more diamond stickles to look like melting wax. The flames were done with a SU! mini ornament punch and colored with glaze pens, then attached with snippets of black cardstock to look like wicks. I added a white doily behind the cake, then added 2 balloons done with a Martha Stewart punch - one with the little boy's first name initial, and the other with his age. The sentiment is from SNSS and was colored in with a blue glaze pen to match the cardstock.

I'm sharing this card with these two challenges:




Wishing you all a wonderful day, and thanks so much for stopping by!

Carol






Saturday, January 28, 2023

Get Well Wishes


 I found time today to make a get well card by using a very old strip embossing folder by Cuttlebug and a few strips of retired dsp from SU!. I embossed the strip of white, and colored the embossed sections with Copics and glaze pens. I used 2 Sweet'n Sassy border dies to create the yellow and green borders of scallops and grass. I stenciled the sky with some Taylored Expressions cloud templates and some Tumbled Glass ink, then stamped some Sweet'n Sassy birds in the sky. The sentiment is from SU! (R) Teeny Tiny Wishes and it's backed with a small snippet of coral colored dsp from SU!

I'll share with these challenges:

Can You Handle the Pressure? - A/G embossing with a twist of borders.


Krafty Chicks Challenge #648 - any occasion goes


Here's a pic of the strip embossing folder I used


I haven't been able to figure out how to post the picture of my card side-by-side with this image 😕

Thanks for stopping by today and I wish you all a good weekend!

Carol

Thursday, January 26, 2023

Happy Christmas


 My long-time friend Heidi who started this blog with me more than a decade ago surprised me with this beautiful Sizzix die set this past Christmas. It's got so many dies included that it took me a while to figure out how to use them all together. I pulled out snippets of dark brown, light brown, blue, green and kraft and put this card together with a pre-printed Simon Says Stamp sentiment. I added liquid applique for the snow, along with some red Stickles for ornaments on the tree. The little sparkly red star atop the tree was a die-cut negative from a border die done in red glitter paper. I'm not sure I did this die set much justice, but I tried. That's one Christmas card for this year done with many many more to go!

I'm sharing with these challenges:

The January Rudolph Days Challenge - A/G Christmas - must be posted by the end of January





Ha Ha - don't you just love how that snow covered car was cleaned off? LOL That's creative!

Thanks for stopping by and do have yourself a great rest of the week!

Carol

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

A Birthday Hummingbird


 My friend Wendy recently posted a great way to use designer papers we all have in our stash. Wendy gifted me with a beautiful pack of this SU! dsp some time ago and I thought it was high time I started using it! It's called Wonderful World, and I made 5 assorted cards with these papers by using her design, but I'll share the other cards in the future. 
For this one, I pulled out some older dies and made a birthday card.
To create the flower, I used a SSS set of Dahlia dies along with snippets of white, pink, yellow and a touch of Berry Bliss. The flower center was made with a SU! mini punch, and I added some Diamond Stickles for a little sparkle. The stem was done with snippets of green and dies from the Bouquet Bunch framelits set by SU! The hummingbird was done with a Cheery Lynn Designs die with a snippet of pink, doing a bit of coloring with Copics and adding a Nuvo drop of black for the eye. The sentiment was done with Gina Marie Designs dies and white snippets. I added a piece of pastel pink beneath the dsp that was also a snippet from a previous cutting.

I will enter this card into these challenges:



The Little Red Wagon Challenge #689 - Happy, Happy Birthday!


That's all for me today. We have snow/rain in the forecast so I'll most likely be at my craft table for a good portion of this day.
Thanks for stopping by. Take care and stay warm!

Carol




Monday, January 23, 2023

Pasture Prime


 I bought this embossing folder over a year ago and never used it until now. I used some pastel grey cardstock and die-cut it with a Lil Inker stitched rectangle, then embossed it and swiped a white ink pad all over it to make the embossed elements stand out a little more. The image and sentiment are stamps from Lindy's Stamp Gang and I colored this one with colored pencils. The little horseshoe was fussy cut and covered with glossy accents just for fun.
This image reminds me of that old old song about the "old grey mare she ain't what she used to be." LOL Truth! 😉

I'm going to share this with these challenges:

The NBUS Challenge #46 - never before used schtuff



Can you handle the pressure? - must use embossing A/G with a twist of dots



Looks like we're in for yet another rainy day, so I'll make the best of it and try to get something done indoors today! Thanks for stopping by and make it a great Monday!

Carol

Thursday, January 19, 2023

Happy Bird-Day


 Happy Thursday everyone and welcome!
While going through my overflowing box of stamped images, I found this bird image by Lindys Stamp Gang that I stamped at a friends house many years ago. I added some color with Copics and glaze pens; hand-drew the branch, and added a couple black & white snippets of dsp to a pretty blue card base. The sentiment is from the same stamp set and I added a few sparkly stickers just for fun. I added a little white cloud to the sky and covered it with Wink of Stella for more sparkle. The expression on this bird's face depicts exactly the way I feel today - probably because we're having yet another rainy, gloomy day.😑

I'll add this to the following challenges:






Thanks so much for stopping by and I wish you a great day!

Carol

Saturday, January 14, 2023

Happy Heart Day


 While digging through my stash I found this cute Penny Black stamped image and decided it was time to make a card with it. I colored it with Copics and glaze pens and added some glossy accents to the red hearts on the cup. The background hearts were done with a Heidi Swapp stencil and some Ranger Spun Sugar pink ink. The sentiment was done with a very old SU! set and layered with a panel swiped with more Spun Sugar ink. For the final touch I added 3 tiny sparkly heart stickers.

I'll share this with the following challenges:

optional theme "winter"





Optional "Something New"

I'm wishing for a little sunshine today as the past two days have been gloomy and cloudy. Wishing you all a great weekend and thanks for stopping by as always!

Carol

Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Birthday Card


Recently I was inspired by a card that came in an email advertisement and decided to make a similar one for my stash. I pulled lots of snippets from my box and put this floral card together.

The doily border was done with a Martha Stewart punch, and the pre-printed sentiment is by Simon Says Stamp. I used assorted flower punches and greenery dies to create the cluster of flowers, adding mini brads and assorted gemstones scattered about. I added a die-cut SU! butterfly to over up an accidental dab of glue in the wrong place. The embossed panel was done with a SU! Decorative Dots embossing folder.

I'm sharing this with the following challenges:

  (They're celebrating their 11th blog birthday, yay!) 



(They're celebrating their 7th blog birthday, yay!)

Thanks for stopping by to visit, may your day be a great one!

Carol

Monday, January 9, 2023

Winter Wishes


 Happy Freezin' Season everyone!
I found this stamped image in my stash and decided to color it and make it into a card. I used Copics and glaze pens, adding wink of stella. I found a pre-cut snippet of white to make the snowy border for the penguin to stand on, and added diamond stickles for a little sparkle. The image was die-cut with a Lil Inker stitched rectangle die and I added a pre-printed SSS sentiment along with a silver snowflake sticker. The background was embossed with a SU! softly fallen embossing folder.



Thanks for stopping by and do have yourself a grand Monday!

Carol

Wednesday, January 4, 2023

Thanks

 I made time to make another card by using up many strips of paper lying on my desk for quite a while. I adhered matching strips to a scrap of white in a herringbone design; then die-cut the panel with a Lil Inker stitched rectangle. I die-cut the card base as well. The sentiment panel was done with a Spellbinders labels die, and I added random silver and white stems found in my snippets box. I added a layered punched mini flower. The sentiment was die-cut 3 times and stacked, then covered with glossy accents for a little shine. I added 3 large rhinestones and a smaller one to the flower center and called this one done.

I'm sharing this over at the Snippets Playground Challenge #444. This time the challenge has a theme - "anything but Christmas" 

Also sharing with the Colorful Options January Challenge - basic black

Either I've forgotten how to center text on my blog, or blogger has done away with it because I can no longer do it the way I've done it for years. The new year will bring many more changes along with it I'm sure :)

Thanks for dropping by and have yourself the best possible day.


Carol