Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Jar of Haunts


 While playing around with my Halloween supplies, I made this card using strips of dsp for the background. I staggered them for a wonky look. I stamped the jar on black with white craft ink, then colored portions with a fluorescent purple Copic marker. Next I stamped Versamark all over it, then heat-embossed it with clear ep and added some white gel pen accents to the edges of the wrapping, then used a purple glaze pen to add more accents. The hat is a stamp from the TH accessories set for the crazy dogs/cats, stamped on orange and sponged for more spookiness, then fussy cut and placed atop the jar. I used an orange glaze pen for the buckle. The eyes were colored with a green glaze pen and outlined with a white gel pen. Next I colored a scrap of white card with a greenish yellow Copic fluorescent marker, then die-cut it with a Lil Inker BOO! die.

Another Halloween card added to the stash :)

I'll enter this into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge - anything goes

Thanks for stopping by and make it a great day! We have gorgeous weather here in PA today - just glorious!

Carol

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Another Christmas Gnome


 When I first got this SSS gnome die, I couldn't put it down for the longest time and made lots of Christmas cards with it. For this version, I used retired SU! papers and a stitched tag die, along with a MFT notched border die.  I embossed the tag with a SU! softly falling ef for the snow. It was really simple to put together and all I did was add some candy cane twine to the tag and called it done.


Thanks for the visit and I hope you have a great day!

Carol

Friday, September 25, 2020

Our Birthdays


 Today my husband and I are celebrating our same-day birthdays and I made this card for him with a digi image that could be us 😁. I found it in my digi files yesterday and printed it out, adding lots of stickles to represent candles on the cake. It was a quick and easy card to make, and I hope it brings him a chuckle or two. I used stitched square dies and a rectangle stitched die, along with Gina Marie Designs Venetian dies for the sentiment panel. The sentiment is from a SNSS stamp set that I've had for probably 8-10 years. The banner was a snippet of Berry Burst, embossed with a CB birthday ef, and the enamel dots are from T.E. The chevron dsp is from DCWV.

I'm going to share this with the Retro Rubber Challenge #144 which is anything goes, but must use a stamp more than one year old.

Thanks to everyone for all the fun and fabulous birthday cards you sent our way - we are most grateful and delighted with each and every one we open! Thanks too for the get well cards for my husband Butch - he's improving a little more every day and able to smile again.

Have a fantastic weekend and thanks for stopping by!

Carol

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Halloween Fun


 I had a little time to make a fun Halloween card recently and used an assortment of elements along with some designer paper. The dsp was die cut with a Lil Inker stitched rectangle, and I used a Simon Says Stamp die set to make the tree, fence, and crosses in the ground. The little witch was a stamp from SU! and the 2 ghosts were made from I.O. dies, the larger one being colored with fluorescent Copic markers. The fence was aged with some sponged white craft ink and the little jack-o-lantern was a sticker. The sentiment is from Lil Inker.

I'll share this with the Double D challenge - don't "fence" me in  - use a fence




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

Carol



Sunday, September 20, 2020

Masculine Birthday


 I made this card for a friend of ours who loves the outdoors and loves to go hunting. The paper was a snippet of camo design and I thought it would make a good background, so I die-cut it with a Lil Inker stitched rectangle. The sentiment panel was done with snippets of white and kraft, and both pieces were die cut with a Venetian Label die set from Gina Marie Designs. The little deer was punched from a scrap of kraft using a very old Martha Stewart punch and I called this one done. Guys don't seem to care much for fussy cards, so I kept this one simple and CAS.

I will enter this into the following challenges:

Dies R Us #153 - one for the boys

Cardz 4 Guyz #253 - monochrome


Thanks for stopping by and I apologize if I haven't been around to comment on your blogs. My husband recently had a surgical procedure and tending to his needs has taken a lot of my time, so crafting has taken a back seat for a while. Thanks for your understanding and have yourself a good day!

Carol

Monday, September 14, 2020

Z-fold Anniversary Card



My neighbors and friends celebrated their 37th wedding anniversary recently, and this is the card I gave them (along with a home-made cheesecake). I have hoarded this SU! retired Haiku dsp for much too long and forced myself to use a few snippets to make this card. The sentiment on the front was die cut several times and coated with glossy accents for some sparkle, and I dotted the coral dsp with liquid Nuvo drops to add more sparkle. The inside was done with some I.O. die-cut numbers, placed inside of a die-cut stitched heart. The sentiment is from SU!. I hope they enjoyed the card because it wasn't even mentioned amid the raves for the cheesecake LOL

I'll enter this into the Tuesday Throwdown Challenge #465 - anything goes

I wanted to offer an apology to those who commented on the previous post and didn't get their comments published. I had a spammer leave a very long advertisement, and I hit delete, but apparently I was hitting the delete button for the comment below it, as the spam comment kept showing again and again. I finally realized after 3 or 4 showings of that comment, that I was  clicking on the delete icon for the comments below it instead of deleting the actual spam comment. I'm sorry - the only excuse I have is that I'm old and had a serious senior moment, so I'm very sorry. I will be more careful next time, but I wish these spammers would just get a life and leave me alone. Not only here, but on the telephone in my house! It's endless annoying harassment on a daily basis.

Anyway, thanks for stopping by and have yourself a fantastic day!

Carol

 

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Sunflower Stem Birthday


I recently sent this card to a sweet friend so now I can share it here. I used the SSS sunflower stem die to cut the flower, using assorted snippets of cardstock and dsp to make the flower. The background dotted paper is from DCWV and the sentiment panel was die-cut with a Gina Marie Designs Venetian Label die, and stamped with a sentiment from SU!. I added a few golden gemstones to finish this one.



We got to go for a nice drive yesterday and I love seeing all the sunflowers blooming in the country fields! This is such a pretty time of the year with all the autumn colors about to bloom!
Wishing you a happy and healthy weekend, and as always, thanks for stopping by ;)

Carol




 

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

I'm Here for the BOOS


 I'd forgotten I bought a fun Halloween stamp set from Lil Inker just before their store closed, so when I finally opened my tub of Halloween stamps, dies, and papers, I was surprised to find new stamps and dies I'd forgotten I had! LOL  I keep my supplies organized in 12x12 containers and mark the front, so I only pull out what I'm currently working on. I decided to cut up some random strips of Halloween dsp and place them on a black panel, then tilted that panel on purple, which then went onto an orange card base. The bat was die-cut at a friends house years ago and I think it's by Darice, but not sure. I used paper punches to create the eyes, covering them with glossy accents. The little "boo" tags were in a plastic bag, stamped and punched with retired SU! products. I dotted them with some black Nuvo dots. The main sentiment is by Lil Inker from one of my new/forgotten stamp sets, and was cut out with a Marvy Ticket punch.

I'll enter this card into the following challenges:

NBUS challenge #18 - my "Never Before Used Schtuff" is the sentiment.


With Halloween just around the corner, I knew it was time to get started on my cards, so there's one for the box!

Thanks for stopping by and make it a great Tuesday!

Carol

Friday, September 4, 2020

A Birthday Card for a 2-yr old


It's not often these days that you see two cards in two days from me, but I was in need of making a birthday card for a 2 yr-old and was inspired by a sketch challenge to make this.
The card base is navy blue and I embossed a white piece with a WRMK gemstone ef, then took 2 bits of GinaK designs cardstock in bright colors and cut them to size. I embossed the blue one with a CB Birthday ef, and embossed the smaller panel with a CB numbers ef. adding a die-cut #2 done with glittered gold cardstock. The balloons and hat were from the Tim Holtz crazy dogs & cats add-on collection, with the balloons being heat-embossed with gold on yellow and green cardstock; while the hat was heat-embossed with white on navy and colored with glaze pens to add even more fun colors. The sentiment was heat-embossed with white on navy with a Tim Holtz sentiment. I added 3 gemstones for a little more fun. The twine is from my stash.

I'm entering this into the following challenges:










Wishing my American friends a wonderful holiday weekend as we celebrate Labor Day. Thanks for stopping by and I wish all my friends everywhere a wonderful weekend as well.

Carol

 

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Christmas Watercolors on Black


Lately I've been seeing this older technique of water coloring on black done around blogland, so I dug out my trusty Derwent watercolored pencils and gave it a try myself.
I used the SSS/GinaK Designs Stamptember 2019 Festive Flower image, stamped with Versamark and heat-embossed with gold. I used my water colored pencils to color the image and added a green, red, and gold gemstone, along with a heat-embossed gold sentiment. Originally I stamped/embossed the sentiment directly onto the card, but didn't align it in a straight line, so I opted to cover it up with a die-cut label instead :)


Here's a bit of a side angle so you can see the shine and shimmer of the colors. I just love how this turned out!

I'm sharing it with the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge which is to "stamp it." Can you believe it's the "Stamptember" celebration a year later already?!

I'll also share with the Merry Little Christmas Challenge Blog #26 - September anything goes

Thanks for stopping by and have yourself a wonderful day!

Carol