Saturday, April 13, 2024

Spring Floral Birthday Card


 I've always been fond of this Mark's Finest Papers (now closed) floral stamp so I made this simple birthday card in shades of blue and green with touches of yellow for the flower centers. I colored the image with Copics, adding a pre-printed sentiment from SSS and 3 matching gemstones. It was quick and easy but I love how it turned out.

I'm sharing this with the following challenges:

Allsorts Week #776 - It Has to be Spring



the Triple B April 2024 Challenge - Birds, Butterflies and/or Blooms


Seize the Birthday#281 - Any Color and Green


Thanks as always for stopping by and I wish you the best possible weekend with spring finally being in the air!

Carol

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Masculine Birthday Card


 I'm pulling older supplies from my stash and having fun with them. 
I found a half-used pad of Black Magic cardstock if anyone remembers that gem from years gone by? It's heavy black cardstock on one side with pastel colors on the other side. If you emboss and then sand it, those pastel colors magically appear on the black side. I found one piece that was white on the reverse side so I embossed that side with a CB diamond plate EF and lightly  swiped an ink pad of Brilliance Platinum Planet ink over it to add a touch of shimmery glow to the raised portions of the embossing.  Next I took a piece of that same cardstock and flipped it to the black side, cutting it with a Gina Marie Designs Venetian label, embossed it with the same EF, then sanded it to show the off-white colors. I die cut the GMD Birthday sentiment with gold mirror card and added the small deer head done with a DiesRUs die and a snippet of light brown cardstock.

I'll share this with the Male Room Challenge #185 - embossing


Thanks for stopping by and make it a great day!

Carol

Sunday, April 7, 2024

You Amaze Me


Through the kindness and generosity of two wonderful friends, I received this beautiful die-cut image along with the fantastic embossing folder that I used to make this card. I sponged this intricate image lightly with some chalks to add just a touch of color to the eyes and lips and the flowers in her hair, adding some crystal Nuvo drops to the centers. I covered the entire image with clear Wink of Stella and added a tiny eye to the bird with a marker. The SB hand-drawn scallops EF was done on an old blank notecard that belonged to my mother. It was printed with her name at the top so I cut that portion off with a Lil Inker stitched rectangle die.  It has a neutral color and a subtle texture that seemed to work well with everything. The stitched sentiment die is by Gina K Designs and has an Altenew sentiment stamped in chocolate brown. I put everything on a brown cardstock base and called this one done. Thanks to everyone for sharing your wonderful crafting items with me - I'm always grateful for everything!

I'll share this with the Allsorts Challenge Week #775 - the theme is "For the Love of Animals" or - the A/G option. 

with a twist of "birds." (There is a bird in her hair 😉)

NBUS Challenge for April #61 - never before used schtuff 
(This is the first time I used this EF)

I hope things are well in your corner of the world. I'm patiently waiting for Spring to arrive so that I can start complaining about how hot it is after this long stretch of rainy, gloomy, cold weather! 😏

Keep smiling, and thanks for stopping by!
Carol

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Blue and Green Birthday Cards


I don't know what this design is called but I enjoy making cards like this. I found an old retired SU! paper pad with green and blue colors so I die-cut 3 circles in different sizes, cut them in half, and placed them in a circle pattern with a sentiment strip across the front. The embossing folder is an older retired one from SU. The sentiment is from Sweet 'n Sassy.


 Here's a slightly different card with the same papers and colors, but made with a Darice embossing folder. I added 3 tiny blue and green gemstones on both cards for the finishing touch.

I'll share the first card with the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge which is "Happy Birthday."

Thanks for stopping by on this Wednesday and I wish you all a happy and crafty day!

Carol

Monday, April 1, 2024

Easter Treats


I always make little treat containers on holidays that I give to friends and neighbors, as well as cashiers, bank tellers and those I deal with on a regular basis. I love to surprise people with an unexpected treat, so I've done this for years. I'm sharing photos of some of the treats I made this year using an assortment of bunny dies, stamped images, and cardstock along with ribbons and twine. These tiny bags are a great little hand-out for people and a good way to use up all those wonderful snippets of pretty paper and cardstock. Instead of naming each item, I'll just share the photos and if you want to know any particular brand I used, ask in a comment and I'll be glad to fill you in.


I decorate both the front and back of each little "bag."


A very thoughtful blogger (Thank you so much once again) sent me some die cuts of this long-legged bunny after I mentioned how much I liked them. When I showed them to another friend of mine, she searched for the die, found it, bought it and sent it to me! (Thank you once again for your kindness and generosity) I've had more fun with this cute bunny than I can put into words. I put him on many of these treat containers and had so much fun dressing him up in different suits. He just seems to make everyone happy, including me 😊
I made a little blue Easter box with paper from an older Tim Holtz pad, adding a die-cut Easter greeting on one side...


along with one of his die-cut bunnies on the other side.
This basket/box holds 8 of the little treat bags and this one went to the employees of my bank.


Here's another bunny box I made with some grey colored  paper from the same TH pad. This box went to my neighbors who always have family over for Easter dinner, so she loves setting her table with these little treats for each one of her guests.




This box was made for my neighbor who lives below me. He is single and has a beautiful dog, so I included treats for him in one carton and dog treats in the other, and then tucked an Easter card inside the box. The carton containers were made with a TE die (a gift from a very thoughtful and generous friend - thank you again) and I cut down a couple of those TH bunnies and put them behind snippets of grass just for fun.


Here are the cartons tucked inside the little box.

With all of these snippets I used I'll share my treats with

Thank you again to all my fellow bloggers and friends for being so generous, caring and sharing with me. You all helped me put quite a few smiles on people's faces with these little treats.

I hope everyone who celebrates Easter had a great day yesterday. I had friends and neighbors stop down and bring me so much food I'll have to freeze most of it, but I was so happy to see everyone and get to chat with them for a while too. 

Beware everyone - today is April Fool's day so use caution! LOL I used to prank my husband years ago by putting salt in the sugar bowl and watch for that sourpuss face when he took that first sip of morning coffee. 😝 Somehow it got funnier each year because he never seemed to remember when it was April Fool's day. 😉 

Have a fantastic Monday and keep smiling!

Carol



Sunday, March 31, 2024

Happy Easter


 Happy Easter everyone!! 
May your day be filled with many blessings
and joy.

Carol

Thursday, March 28, 2024

Easter Bunny


 I found this older Penny Black stamped image in my stash and pulled it out to make an Easter card. I colored the image with Copics, adding white gen pen accents to the flowers and some fluff to his tail with liquid applique. The sentiment is from Sweet 'n Sassy stamps and the basket weave embossing folder is from SU!. I added 3 tiny lavender gemstones for the finishing touch.

I will share this card with these challenges:


A/G with an optional "Easter" theme

The Allsorts Challenge # week 773/4 - keep it simple or A/G
(I hardly ever make anything simple, so it's A/G)

Can You Handle the Pressure Challenge - A/G using an embossing folder
with an optional twist of "birds"

Here in PA it's yet another rainy day, but I wish you some warm sunshine wherever you live. Make it a great day whether it's rain or shine.
Thanks for stopping by,
Carol

Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Thank You Card


 I needed to make a thank-you card so I pulled out a big black and white paper pad I bought a few years ago and made this card. All the papers are from that huge pad and I used a Lil Inker stitched diagonal die along with a die-cut Gina Marie Designs Venetian Label for the TE die-cut THANKS. I added 3 sparkle stickers randomly although you can only see one on the black panel

I'm sharing this with the Sketch Saturday Challenge #747 which has a twist to use black and white


Also sharing with the Word Power #3 challenge where the sentiment is to be the focus of your card.

Thanks for stopping by and I wish you the best possible day.
Carol

Monday, March 25, 2024

Switching to Christmas


I'm shifting to Christmas for the Rudolph Days March Challenge which runs from March 25th until the end of the month. 
I used a very old SSS Wishing Trees die and some green cardstock along with some Lawn Fawn stitched hillside dies to create the scene. I added a tiny red star to the top of each tree which were negatives from a star border die done in metallic red cardstock. The Merry Christmas die was done with red mirror card and a Kaiser Crafts die, and for the final touch I added a couple playful fawns cut with a Poppystamps die. Sorry for the shadows, cloudy days don't make for good photos.

A/G with an inspirational photo board


it feels like Christmas season outside today because the temperatures are quite cold this morning, so hopefully spring temperatures will get here soon. We had a teaser of them last week, but those warm days didn't last very long.
Thanks for stopping by and make it a great Monday whatever you do.
Carol

Sunday, March 24, 2024

Lucky Horseshoe


 I have been trying to use items I've had in my stash for ages, and with this card I've used an embossing folder by Darice along with a Kitchen Sink Stamps horseshoe stamp that I don't think has ever seen ink although I've had it for years. I stamped the image with 3 different green inks on white, then cut it along with a mirror green panel with MFT stitched circles. I added 8 tiny gold brads to indicate the nails in a horseshoe, then added a gold mirror shamrock to the top for a little extra luck. The sentiment panel was done with a TE stamped sentiment along with 2 layered panels using old and retired SU! punches, adding green brads to the ends. The diagonal panel was done with a Lawn Fawn plaid strip of paper and a MFT diagonal stitched die. We used to have horses years ago which is why I bought the stamp set and embossing folder in the first place, but I have no explanation for why they've been sitting unused for so long.

I'm sharing this card with the Double D Challenge -
Green/Clover/Shamrocks/Luck

A/G using an embossing folder with an optional twist of "birds"

And also sharing with NBUS Challenge #60 - use never before used schtuff
(Horseshoe stamp)

Thanks so much for the visit and as always I wish you all a wonderful day.

Carol