Saturday, June 27, 2015

Twisted Easel Card

Hello my friends! How's your weekend coming along? It's another hot, hot day here in North Carolina.

As a Design Team member for The Outlawz Saturday Paper a la Mode Challenges, I was to create a Twisted Easel Card. Well, I'd never done that before, so I went to YouTube and checked out several videos to learn how to do them. Not so hard, after all!

The sponsors for this weeks challenge are Rick St. Dennis and Sassy Studio Designs. I hope you take a look because there are some awesome images at both sites!

I found this paper in my stash by DCWV called Coral Couture that had my favorite colors in it. The stack also had some tags you could cut out, so that was helpful. Then I went to my stash of bling and discovered some flowers in the coral color that goes with the paper. After selecting some pearls, I was ready to put together my card. WooHoo!

I started by folding the cardstock properly for the Twisted Easel Card and then added the patterned paper, die cut butterfly (spellbinders), tag, pearls and flowers. It really wasn't hard, like I said. It just took some time to get it to stand up good for the photograph!

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Hello My Friend!


Hello my friends! How are you today? I have been busy creating cards while the temperature rises outside. While I enjoy a good tan, I do CANNOT stand the high heat! Sometimes I do mix the two, but most of the time I stay inside and enjoy my crafts.

I created this card soon after receiving the Big Circle Die from Stephanie Barnard's Stamps of Life. I also purchased the Hello My Friend die from the same place, so they arrived together. WooHoo! They fit just right! The papers are from one of their Stamp Club Kits. Yes, I do love Stamps of Life! Their products are such fun, service is great, and the videos a true joy.

Soon after I created this card (like the day after), a dear, dear friend of mine went into the hospital. She's been like a second mother to me. As soon as I got the news she was sick, I took the card and went to see her. The creation brought an instant smile to her face. I'm so glad I could do something to give her a brief moment of reprieve from her illness.

While we might enjoy putting together cards, our creations bring smiles to the face of others. The joy in giving is what keeps us creating.

Thank you for stopping by today! I appreciate your comments and visits very much, and I hope to see you again real soon ~


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Altenew


Hello! I just received a new stamp set and dies by Altenew called Hennah Elements, and I'm in love with them! They're so much fun to play with, I just had to create a couple of cards right away.

The set comes with flower designs as well as some whimsical images. I saw a video online (sorry I don't have the link) where Catherine Pooler created a card similar to these. She gave me the idea of the black and white Washi Tape. I cut the front of the cards just about 1/2 inch short so the tape on the inside of the cards would show. The border pieces on the front are from Gina K Designs.

The flowers and leaves were watercolored. What fun that was! I couldn't stop once I got started. Once I was finally done watercoloring, I added Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents. That doesn't show up very well in the pictures, but you get the idea.

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Saturday, June 13, 2015

Happy Father's Day!

Hi! How's everybody's weekend coming along? The weather is super hot where I am, so I'm staying inside and playing with my crafts.

As a member of the DT for Paper a la Mode at The Outlawz, I created this card for the week's challenge. We're to create either/or a Shadowbox card, a Father's Day card, or both in one. I have never made a Shadow Box card, so I made a Father's Day card.

The image is from the Sponsor for the week, Scrapbook Stamp Society. They have the most incredible images that are lots of fun. I hope you take a look by connecting at the link. I found the screws and hammer stickers in a local Hobby Lobby store. The image was colored with Copics.

Father's Day can be a very special day. Even though my father has passed away, I still think about him every day, and especially at that particular time. I hope you are able to connect with your Father, either in your thoughts, your memories or your visits.

Thank you for stopping by today! I appreciate your comments and visits very much, and I hope to see you again real soon ~


Thursday, June 11, 2015

Bubble Talk

Hello! How are you today? Hope you're able to enjoy some sunshine and it's not getting too hot. Or, if you're in another zone, hope it's not getting too cold!

I love this little elephant in WPlus9's Bubble Talk stamp set. The set comes with three talk bubbles with your choice of sentiments to go inside. I chose this one, thinking of my two sons who live far away. I try to keep a card coming their way every now and then to let them know I'm thinking of them. Being a Mom is hard when the kids are grown and have lives of their own, you know? You do the best you can, keep the communication lines open and then pray everything works out the way it's supposed to. A card goes a long way...pun intended.

I'd better stop that line of thought before I need a tissue!

After die cutting the tag, blue Distress Ink was sponged around the edges. I added some SU silver ribbon after attaching the tag with the white brad.

This card will be posted at Mod Squad, where the challenge is to include a tag.

Thank you for stopping by today! I appreciate your comments and visits very much, and I hope to see you again soon.

P.S. I'm a winner! Yay!


Sunday, June 7, 2015

Watercolor

Hello! How's everybody doing? It's been a busy week for me, but a good one. I was able to be with family at the West Virginia Day celebration over the weekend, and it was good. Nothing like visiting with loved ones to make your day special. (There are a lot of West Virginians here in Wilmington!)

I wanted to make a card as soon as I came home. I learned about using liquid masks for watercolored cards in my recent class, Mask-erade, so I pulled it out from the cabinet and got to work. The stamped image is Fresh Flowers by Clearly Besotted Stamps. This is one of my favorite stamp sets, as I love flowers. I added some small pearls from my stash.

Thank you for stopping by today! I appreciate your comments and visits very much, and I hope to see you again soon!


Sunday, May 31, 2015

OCC Mask-erade Day 5


Hello everybody! How's your weekend been? Can't believe it's over already! I got another card done for Online Card Class's Mask-erade homework. It took a lot of steps, but I got 'er done. Yes, it's for day 5, not 4. I couldn't do Day 4 because I didn't have the right supplies, so I skipped on to Day 5 instead.

This class was about using embossed images for masks. That was very interesting to me because I had never thought to do that. Try it sometime -- use something like balloons to put one in front of another. You don't have to use anything to mask if you emboss it first. Stamp the first image, then emboss it. Stamp the other image behind the first image, but wipe off the overlapping ink. Then heat emboss that image. Continue that and you have a completed picture with overlapping images--images you did not have to mask with paper or liquid masking. Got that? Clear as mud?

The clouds were created with a cupcake icing image I had. I just stamped it, cut it out, and used the top part for the clouds. Easy!

I had fun creating this card, but once I was done I realized it made no sense. When does an octopus fly  in the sky with balloons? Aren't they usually in water? I added some sequins just to add to the confusion. lol Go figure. I followed the lesson by Jennifer McGuire so closely I paid no attention that her animal was different from mine--I created the same scene! Well, you know, I must've been tired...

This is the last day for class, but cards will continue. Thank you for stopping by today! I appreciate your comments and visits very much, and I hope to see you again real soon ~


Saturday, May 30, 2015

OCC Mask-erade Day 3



Hello! Here we are with another day's homework for Online Card Class Mask-erade. This card is for Day 3, even though we're actually on Day 5. I'm behind. Big surprise! Life has been busy the past few days, with my car troubles returning and also doing a little entertaining, too. I had to clear off my dining room table (overloaded with craft supplies) so I could have a couple people over for dinner. Wow, did I ever find some surprises in those stacks! Today, however, I've begun to bring some of it back. Gotta play!

Okay, this card is for Day 3, where we learned to use liquid masking. What a learning experience! I have seen that bottle of stuff at the store many times but never tried it before. It wasn't too hard and was kind of fun.

After stamping an image on Watercolor Cardstock, I covered it with liquid masking and then let it dry. Once it was completely dry, I watercolored right over the image with various shades of blue. Once that was dry, I rubbed off the masking and then colored the image. Layered onto a card base, and Done! That wasn't hard at all. The longest part was letting it dry. I kept wanting to rub off the masking before it was dry, but I knew that would ruin my project. Patience!

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