Sunday, June 26, 2022

Quick Christmas Card


 Today I have a quick and very easy Christmas card to share. The image is a sticker a thoughtful blogging friend sent me many moons ago (thank you!) and I added a strip of (r) SU! designer paper and a pre-printed Simon Says Stamp sentiment. I added a few dabs of gold stickles for an accent and placed it all on some SU! Wild Wasabi cardstock. This might be the quickest and easiest card I've ever made! 

I'm entering this into the following challenges:


(I turned this onto it's side)


 with this mood board to inspire you


Thanks for stopping by and thanks too for all your good wishes. I'm still hacking away with an annoying cough and sinus issues with no let-up yet.  Hopefully tomorrow will be better! My hubby was doing fine all week, and now it doubled back on him again too. 

Thanks for stopping by and have yourself a nice weekend!

Carol

Friday, June 24, 2022

Birthday Card


 I made this card for my SIL late last year and unfortunately we lost her in March of this year. The gray designer paper was from a magazine and the polka dot paper was from my stash. The white stem is a die-cut from Darice and the little flowers were done with retired SU! mini punches and layered, with some black gemstones in the centers. The pre-printed sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp.
I've not been posting or creating for a while as I've come down with some sort of respiratory crud that has me coughing and quite uncomfortable most of the time. My husband had it, and then passed it on to me. He's doing well, but so far the antibiotics haven't kicked in for me yet. Turns out our neighbor came down with it yesterday and his toddler grandson has been diagnosed with pneumonia, so whatever it is, it knocks you for a loop!
Anyway, I just wanted to explain why I haven't made any new cards for a while, so I pulled this one from my unposted files to share with you.
Take good care everyone and thanks for stopping by!

Carol

Sunday, June 19, 2022

For Dad


Happy Father's day to all the dads out there, and also to our dads up in heaven along with so many others.
I made several cards like this to send to friends of ours, using MFT stitched strip dies and some snippets of dsp. I used a punch to make the silver star, and used SU! mini punches to make the smaller ones, and then used negatives from a SSS star border die for the tiny stars. The sentiment is an old wooden stamp I've had for years and there is no name on it, so I don't know who made it. The blue cardstock is from SSS.

Sharing this with the following challenges:


Dies R Us challenge #195 - Dad's Day/Make it Masculine

Have a wonderful day and to all the dads and grandfathers out there - enjoy your special day set aside to honor you!
Thanks for stopping by!

Carol

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Father's Day


I pulled out a piece of teal colored designer paper and embossed it with a Spellbinder's Kickin' Rubber embossing folder, then sanded it for a rustic look. I stamped the boots from SU!'s Country Living (r) stamp set, then colored them with Copics and fussy cut them to place on the stitched square die. I dug into my stash to find this SU! hodgepodge hardware ribbon piece, and attached it to the side; adding a snippet of tan checked ribbon. The sentiment is from SU!'s Teeny Tiny Wishes, heat-embossed with gold, and placed on a die-cut Lil Inker stitched banner.
This card is for my husband who had a pony as a kid, and horses as an adult (many years ago) but he still has a love for horses, so I stamped this horse image on the inside...


 That's a very old but favorite horse image stamp by Serendipity, stamped in Smoky Slate ink on a Soft Stone card base.

I'll enter this card into the following challenges:





The Alphabet Challenge Blog - E is for Embossing wet or dry

Allsorts Challenge week #680 - any stamped image

Thanks for the visit and I wish you all a great week ahead!

Carol

Sunday, June 12, 2022

Hello


To start this card, I pulled out a SU! Woodland Textured embossing folder and embossed a piece of white cardstock. I used blending brushes, distress inks, and markers to add color to the trees and then used Copic markers to color the sky blue and add the haze of a sun on the corner. The birds were cut from small snippets of blue and an I.O. die. I added color to them with Copics and a black marker. The "Hello" sentiment is a die-cut by Taylored Expressions and I used 3 snippets of SSS orange peel cardstock and layered them for some dimension and bright color.

I'm sharing this with the following challenges:


Can You Handle the Pressure? - A/G using an EF, with a twist of birds



Thanks for stopping by and make it a great day whatever you're doing!

Carol

Friday, June 10, 2022

Birthday Hugs


 While rummaging through my stash, I found several of these lovely hand-crocheted medallions sent to me by a former blogger who passed away several years ago. Her name was Jessi Fogan and her blog was One Crafty Mama. I've used several of them previously, but decided it does no good to hoard beautiful items like this, so I used another one to make this birthday card.
I die-cut a stitched circle of pink to place inside of the medallion and added some die-cut SSS Bella Bloom flowers from pink glitter paper and silver mirror card, adding a drop of black Nuvo pearls to the centers. The butterfly was a die-cut with pink Nuvo pearls added to the center and the sentiment is a pre-printed SSS sentiment backed with some black card.
As for the background - this is one of my favorite ways to use those tiny snippets of cardstock and I think it's called Mosaic. I still have my ancient Xyron machine which adds a complete layer of adhesive to a piece of card. I snipped pieces of matching cardstocks in random fashion and adhered them to the sticky side, then added some pearl embossing powder and heat set it.

I'll enter this into the following challenges:

Seize the Birthday #240 - favorite technique (mosaic)






Thanks for stopping by and make it a great day whatever you do!
R.I.P Jessi, you won't be forgotten💝

Carol

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Best Day Ever


 I recycled this image from another card someone sent to me. It was just too cute not to re-use and I believe it's by Penny Black, but I'm not sure. I die-cut a regular and scalloped oval with Spellbinder dies and placed the image on top of that. The background was the back of a store-bought card someone sent me so I embossed it with a MB Blooming 3D folder, rounding the edges and placing it on an aqua card base. The sentiment is a pre-printed one from SSS and I backed it with some matching blue cardstock.


Thanks for stopping by and I hope you're having a wonderful day!

Carol

Saturday, June 4, 2022

Birthday Dog


 I have a fun birthday card to share today for anyone who loves dogs. I stamped and colored this Tim Holtz crazy dog image and fussy cut it, placing it on top of an embossed CB panel with a birthday theme. I had a strip of  watercolored paper in my snippets box so I added it to the side, then stamped the birthday party hat on a piece of it and fussy cut that as well. I added glaze pen colors to the circles and pom pom on the top, then covered it all with clear wink of stella. I added a SSS pre-printed sentiment backed with black for the final touch.

I'm sharing this with these challenges:

The Critter Crazy Challenge #63 - A/G featuring a critter




Thanks for stopping by and I wish everyone a wonderful weekend!

Carol


Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Coffee Time


I made this card after seeing the Freshly Made Sketch Challenge #537, but unfortunately it closed before I could get my card posted. Story of my life - a day late and a dollar short😉
Anyway, I used a cute little die by I.O to make the coffee cup, adding a tiny die cut heart in the center. The circle was die cut with a MFT stitched die and some very old retired SU! Soft Sky dsp. The sentiment is by Lil Inker (now closed) and here's the inside....


 The cup and sentiment are both from the same Lil Inker set of stamps and a die, and I added some aqua Nuvo drops to the little cape.

Something happened in blogland over the weekend and I cannot leave comments on some of my followed blogs. It keeps telling me I need to sign in with Google and I'm already signed in, so I don't know what's going on. If I'm not commenting, that's why and I don't have email addresses to let you know; which is why I'm mentioning it here. All these hiccups with blogger are really trying my patience lately.........sigh.

Thanks for stopping by and have a good week ahead!

Carol

Monday, May 30, 2022

Memorial Day


 Today we celebrate Memorial Day here in the US as we remember those who served our country. Some gave all in their efforts to keep us free and to all those who continue serving today, we salute you with a heartfelt thanks.

Today I have a card I made for my BIL who recently lost his wife of 55 years.
I used some snippets of leftover dsp I've been cleaning up, and this is the last of them. The sentiment panel is one I cut with my Cricut before I sold it about 7 years ago. I found it in my snippets box and finally got to use it since the colors were a good match to the papers. The sentiment is from a retired SU! set and I added 2 silver brads to finish this one.
The sentiment reflects how I feel today as I remember not only my BIL, but my dad, uncle, cousin, nephew, and FIL who all served in the military.

I'll enter this into the Snippets Playground #429.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your day whatever you do.

Carol