Friday, January 18, 2019

Twofer Card Challenge #12 - Birds

I made time today to play along with the Twofer Challenge #12 which is "birds."You are to use the same stamp, die, or punch to make 2 completely different cards. I made a Valentine card along with an encouragement card using one of the Tim Holtz Crazy birds.

First up I made a Valentine, using some new stitched tag dies I just got yesterday. I used SU! dsp and real red cardstock, stamping the bird and coloring with Copics, while adding a twine bow. The heart the owl is holding was die-cut with a SNSS die and embellished with 3 little heart stickers. The Tim Holtz sentiment was heat-embossed with white on red and also embellished with 2 little heart stickers. Just for good measure, I covered up the tiny hole on the white tag with yet another heart sticker.

For this card I went simple. I fussy cut the bird after coloring and covering with clear detail embossing powder and placed him hanging upside down on the die-cut MB branch that I embellished with a few snippets of die-cut leaves from my stash. The sky was sponged with tumbled glass distress ink, and the sentiment is by SU!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope your weekend is kicking off to a good start! We're anticipating the white stuff over the weekend along with some bitter cold temps, but I might actually get some stamping done while I'm hunkered down inside :)

Stay warm or cool - whatever the case may be where you live!


Thursday, January 17, 2019

CAS Valentine

I've had this Simon Says Stamp Heart Parade die in my collection for quite some time and decided it was time to dust it off and use it again. I die cut it 3 times, once in white, and twice using 2 different matching SU! designer papers. I alternated the dsp pieces as I placed them back into the die and heat-embossed a Unity sentiment with white embossing powder. The only embellishment I added was a tiny Hero Arts heart-shaped gemstone to finish this one. I put a Valentine sentiment inside and called this one down.

I'm sharing it with the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge to make a Clean and Simple (CAS) card. This is about as CAS as I'm able to get :)

Thanks for stopping by and have yourself a great day whatever you do!


Tuesday, January 15, 2019

House Mouse Valentine

I'm working on Valentines as that day is rapidly approaching, so I made a few simple and easy cards like this one. I stamped this very old house mouse image on a piece of white card and colored it with Copics, using fluorescent pink to color the "Be Mine" candy piece. I used a SU! scalloped top punch and corner rounder to shape the tag, placing it on 2 panels of SU! designer paper that was cut with a GinaMarieDesigns die. For the final touch I added a die-cut heart made of red felt and added a tiny bow.

I'm sharing this with the following challenge

House Mouse & Friends Challenge HMFMC#282 -use something new or anything goes. I went with the anything goes category.

Thanks for checking in today and I wish you a great week ahead!


Saturday, January 12, 2019

A Farmer's Birthday

I received this cute set of dies as a Christmas gift and decided to make a birthday card with them as we personally know a few farmers in our area. I sponged the sky with tumbled glass ink, then added a few layers of grass and a white fence; both done with a SNSS border die set. The sun is by Lil Inker in both the large and small size and was dotted in the center with an orange stitched die negative left over from a previous project. The bird is from a MFP stamp set and the sentiment is by SNSS. As for the barn and piles of hay, they're all included in the die set and I used snippets of card stock to cut everything.

I'll enter this into the 2 Crafty Critter Crazies challenge #22

as well as the Cute Card Thursday Challenge #564 - what's new? 

Thanks for stopping by and make it a great weekend!


Wednesday, January 9, 2019

First Valentine

I finished a valentine and kept it pretty simple. I used a PTI die for the sentiment in the center, die-cutting from white card stock and red felt. The water colored background was done with an Aqua brush and some real red ink along with a spritz of water. The felt hearts and black arrows were cut with a SU! Love Notes framelit die set. I used a craft knife to cut a slit into each heart so I could insert the arrows. I added some Geo Sparkler stickers in tiny red hearts and circles, then added some sparkly clear Nuvo drops to the sentiment panel and added more droplets randomly on the card.

I suppose I'd better get busy on those Valentine cards as it's just about a month away already! I'm way behind on what I usually have done by now........sigh :)

Thanks for stopping by and I wish you a wonderful day whatever you're doing!


Monday, January 7, 2019


Here's a card I made just for fun using snippets of dsp paper and card stock. I made the little coffee cup using an IO die I got from DiesRUs and cut it from tiny snippets of card stock. The snippet of lined dsp was sponged, spattered, and colored with coffee stains and die-cut with a MFT fishtail banner die. I lined it with another snippet of cinnamon-colored card stock using another die from the nesting MFT set. The background dsp is from the natural paper pad by DCWV while the arrow was die-cut with a Momenta die. The GMD sentiment was die-cut with a SU! framelit Chalk Talk die. Most days I feel as if I'm in another universe until I've had my coffee, so that's why I chose this particular dsp! LOL

I'm entering this into the following challenges:

the Snippets Playground #343 = anything goes/must use snippets

The Double D Challenge - On the Menu

DiesRUs challenge #112 - anything goes using dies from the DiesRUs store

Thanks for checking in on this Monday and I wish you a fabulous day!


Sunday, January 6, 2019

Retirement Card

I was asked to make a retirement card recently, so I made several, and I'll share one with you today. I began with a piece of vanilla card stock, sponging some antique linen ink through a SU! brick stencil just in the center of the panel. Next I used a Cuttlebug "clockworks" embossing folder, then used an aqua brush and several inkpads to add watercolor stains. The metal clock hands and brad are from Tim Holtz - something I've been hoarding for years! The sentiment is from the MFP stamp set "Take Time to Live" and I heat-embossed it with gold on an espresso snippet of card stock, then tore it around the edges to age it a bit. The inside simply says "Happy Retirement" and it's on an early espresso card base.

I'm sharing this with the Happy Little Stampers January Watercolor challenge which is anything goes with texture.

Thanks for stopping by and make it a great weekend! Always take time to live - life is short!


Friday, January 4, 2019

Thinking of You

I sponged a panel with some distress inks before stamping this Stampendous tree poem image in Versafine black ink. After it dried, I lightly dotted glue on the tree leaves only and then added glitter for a beautiful subtle sparkle. Unfortunately, it was a cloudy day when I took this photo so the glitter just doesn't show up too well. I put it on a pool party card base, and added a little snippet of pool party for the Sweet 'n Sassy stamped sentiment.

I'm sharing this with the following challenges:

Little Red Wagon #478 - Hey Newbie! (new stamp)

LTCCB#30 - January anything goes

LTSCB#117 - anything goes

Wishing you a wonderful Friday and a great start to the weekend. Thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Something New

This image by Stampendous called "Filly Sketch" just came in the mail on Monday, so it's brand new. I stamped the image with dark brown ink on a kraft base and used a combo of neglected colored pencils, markers, and water color crayons to color the image, but I held off using water to blend everything because I liked the penciled-in look just the way it was. The sentiment is by Sweet 'n Sassy done in dark brown and I'm shocked to see that I was able to make a one-layer card! For a layer-it-up girl, this was quite an accomplishment for me :)

I'm going to share this with the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge which is "something new."

I hope everyone had a fun kick-off to the new year and thanks for the visit today as always! Have a great day!


Sunday, December 30, 2018

Heartfelt Thanks

On the 28th of December, my husband and I celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary and close friends of ours took us out to a wonderful dinner to celebrate. I made them this thank-you card because they made everything incredibly special and fun for us.

I cut some red felt with a SSS heart & thank-you die. The thank-you sentiment was cut with a Kaisercraft die and covered with glittered Nuvo drops for a little sparkle and shine. I used a SU! softly falling ef for the background and added some tiny red gemstones here and there for the final touch. This is the first card I've made in well over a week or two, so it felt good to get back into crafting once again.

I'm sharing this over at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge which is "anything goes."

Happy New Year to everyone, and thanks for being a part of my world in this crafty journey. You all mean so much to me with your visits and kind comments.
 I hope 2019 brings everyone peace, happiness, good health, prosperity, and much love.