Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Swallowtail


Hello everybody! Hope you are having a good week. We are having a rash of thunderstorms here in North Carolina, so I've been staying in and playing with my inks.

Just recently, I bought some Ken Oliver Color Burst powders in green, blue, yellow and red. This is my first card using them. It's a little dark but I still like it okay.

For the image, the Stampin Up! Swallowtail stamp was embossed in white onto watercolor paper. I could hardly see it, but that's before the magic happened.

For the background, I first wet the watercolor paper with water, then dropped some of the different colors of powders (green, blue and yellow) onto the paper. It had a cool effect but I couldn't stop! I took my brush and swiped the colors together across the page. The colors turned out pretty cool, and I got a different color of green than expected with the yellow mixed in the blue. The Swallowtail showed through pretty well.

The card was not difficult to create and it took little time. This is an easy technique to try when you need something with deep colors.

Soon I'll have to try the other colors, but that's all I have for now.

Before I go, I want to thank you all for your support when I posted about the floods in West Virginia and about my friend who passed away. It's been a shock to lose her; however, the recovery efforts in the cleanup have given me hope for a positive recovery throughout the State.

I know people's lives have been changed forever, and change is a part of life we all must endure. West Virginia people are strong and diligent. They will strive for a more positive future and work hard to create it. I'm proud to have roots from a State with such endurance.

Thanks for stopping by today! I appreciate your comments and visits very much. I look forward to seeing you again real soon ~


Saturday, June 25, 2016

Hello


Hi everybody! Sorry it's been so long since I've posted. Lots going on.

Today's card is one I actually saw on Facebook. I'd give the person credit here but I can't find it again and don't know the creator's name. I think she used stamps from Stampin Up! but mine are from The Stamps of Life. The set is called Cherries2Stamp. The sentiment, ink and patterned paper are also from The Stamps of Life. Bling is from my stash. I used Allyson's Ribbon Die for the white strip.

This was a fun card to create. I like the design and the use of patterned paper.

Unrelated to this cheerful card, I want to share with you great concerns I have for the flooding that's happened in West Virginia, my home State. Many, many people are suffering from loss of home, family and friends. I, too, have lost someone due to this flood--she was an excellent teacher to my children when they were young. This is a very sad time for all who learned from her as students and all who enjoyed her as friends. Her death is just one example of the horrific crisis that's occurring as I write this. I am fortunate my family is safe, but many are not. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

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


Monday, June 6, 2016

Celebrate Your Day


Hi everybody! How's your day coming along? We are getting a Tropical Storm here in NC, and the winds are as heavy as the rain pouring down.

Father's Day is coming up, and I always send a card to my Ex to let him know I appreciate all he's done as a father to our two sons, Chris and Coleman.

The stamp set I used is an old one I purchased from Stampin Up! many years ago, called Seaside Sketches. Many of the images include a beach, and that applies to me now, so I continue to use them.

The background was done by applying different colors of ink to a sheet of heavy vellum. After it dried, I added the top layer of vellum with the heat-embossed image and sentiment on it. Finally, I added a border cut with a Spellbinders die.

This is a very CAS design on purpose. Like the card, the relationship I have with my Ex has no frills or bling, although we remain close friends. I felt no need to dress up the card, but I did want to make the message clear with a peaceful scene.

Our sons are truly blessed with a father so dedicated to their happiness.

Before I go, I wanted to share an old picture I have with Chris and Coleman with their Dad, taken when they were very young. Now 30 and 31, I'm sure they'd be embarrassed to know I'm sharing this now on my blog! Oh, well...


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


Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Colorful Gold


Hello everybody! How are you doing today? We're still putting up with clouds & rain, so I got bored and went to AC Moore's with a coupon. Uh Oh! Trouble! I have been resisting Heidi Swapp's Minc Machine for quite a while, but I saw it on sale, 50 percent off. That's the end of the story. HAD to HAVE it.

I have found this machine to be lots of fun to play with, and I can just imagine the beautiful, gold cards I can create at Christmas time. Just a few days after buying the machine, I went back to the store with another coupon to purchase more colors to use. This first card, however, is gold.

The card I'm posting today is actually not a creation of mine -- I CASEd (copy & share everything) it from one of Gina's videos at Gina K Designs' Stamp TV. The paper, from Sending Love Stamp TV Kit, was first sponged with Turquoise Sea, Jelly Bean Green and Passionate Pink inks. THEN I put it through the Minc Machine with a piece of Gold foil, and the whole design turned out gold! Neat, huh? Like magic. Next I pulled out a sentiment from an earlier Stamp TV Kit and ran it through the machine, too, so it would be gold. After layering it on black and white papers, I attached it with a ribbon. That's all it took to create this beautiful card.

Wish you could see the shimmery gold! It's gorgeous. I can see using this machine can be addictive...

Thank you'all for stopping by today. I appreciate your comments and sentiments very much, and I hope top see you again soon!


Friday, May 13, 2016

Flamingo!


Hello again everybody! How was your week? Our weather has been cloudy and rainy, so I have stayed in and worked on my cards.

I saw a card like this by Vanessa B in the Gallery at The Stamps of Life and just had to try it. The stamp set used is their latest release, flamingos2stamp. I belong to the Die Hard Club, so when I received this set the first of the month, I also received the dies.

Here, in my card, I die cut the flamingo after coloring it with Copics. The embellishments are from The Stamps of Life's Card Kit Club. I used a pen to create the stitching marks around the circle.

Update: My ankle is 100 percent healed! I will go back to dancing class (ballroom dancing, that is) next week. I'm so far behind it won't be easy to start up again, but I'm more than ready.  Thanks for all your support during the recovery period. Your kind words kept me going.

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



Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Clear & Sheer Day 4, Again!




Hello everybody! I'm back with another card I created for Day 4 of Clear & Sheer Online Card Class. I just HAD to try the same idea with a more simple design. This one took me about one-fourth the time of the last card I posted, and I like it a lot more.

This time I did NOT emboss since the card was pre-folded rather tightly. These clear cards came in a package from Close To My Heart several years ago. See how clear it is? This time I remembered to take off the plastic covering BEFORE I started the card--YAY! Makes a big difference from the card I used from the same package back on Day 3.

The stamp set I used is called Banner Blessings, and the die cut frame is from Chalk Talk Framelits, both from SU! The pretty blue ink called Blueberry is from Stamps of Life.

Like the other clear card, I adhered the same die cut frame on the other side of the front, as well as the front & back of the back panel of the card base. (That's kind of hard to explain, but you understand what I'm saying, right?)

Thank you for stopping by (again) this week. It's been a fun class, & I'm so happy you've followed me through the journey of this class. I appreciate your comments & visits very much, and I hope to see you again real soon ~


Monday, May 2, 2016

Clear & Sheer Class Day 4



Hello everybody! I'm here to share with you my fourth day of homework for Clear & Sheer Online Card Class. It's taken me a while to get anything posted because the card was so tricky, I had to take a few days to get it together!

So sorry about the poor photograph. Since this card is made with clear plastic (& this is a cloudy day with no sunshine for the camera shot), it was hard to get a picture without glare from the flash. I put a piece of white cardstock behind the card so it would show up, but the actual card is clear. As you can see, this stuff was hard to work with without getting finger prints on it. Because it was thin, it also kept bending. UGH!

Following a video by Jennifer McGuire, I first embossed the front of the card with a stitched diamond shape. Can you see it? Look again -- it's there! Anyway, it took about 3 tries to get it to show up even when it was right in front of me. Time for new glasses? I sure hope not! I prefer to think it was just the plastic giving me a hard time with the embossing folder.

I die cut a large dark pink heart (using dies from SU!) & adhered it on the inside of the front flap of the card. Then I added the smaller, lighter pink heart on the outside, along with the smaller hearts and the sentiment. Finally, I added some bling from my stash along with some ribbon. The inside of the card, as well as the back, has the same size hearts (in white) attached to the card so there's a place to write a few words. It also has YOU stamped on the inside.

Just a quick note about the sentiment. Can you see the sparkle? Again, following Jennifer's fantastic instructions, I put VersaMark on black cardstock then poured Kaleidoscope embossing powder (from Stampendous -- a very old jar!) on top and heat embossed it before die cutting the word. It turned out differently than expected because it kind of has blue and purple tints to it, which I didn't want. Her instructions said to cover this with Glossy Accents, but I was totally DONE with this card by then & didn't do it. After layering the LOVE several times before adhering, I thought it was puffy enough.

Well, I hope you aren't bored with my commentary by now. I think I'm done, except to say I really appreciate your comments and visits! Your kind words mean the world to me, as does any critique or suggestions you may have. You'all keep me going!

Hope to see you again real soon ~ maybe Wrap-Up Day will include suggestions for another card!


Saturday, April 30, 2016

Clear & Sheer Day 3



Hi everybody! I'm here with homework from Day 3 at Online Card Classes' Clear & Sheer class. I finished this card yesterday but immediately hesitated to post it. First, I wasn't sure a clear acrylic card would show up in the picture, and second, I wasn't sure I was finished with the card. I decided to go ahead and show you this, and if I redo it, I'll post the second one later.

Our focus on the card was using clear acrylic material for either tags or cards. I decided to try an acrylic card since I already had some. If it looks cloudy to you, there's a reason for that. I just realized I didn't take the film off the clear card before adding the images! Just now saw that on a different piece...of course, I see it after the card is finished & posted! DUH!

Using a Lawn Fawn stamp set called Loads of Fun, I glued some die cut images on the front of the card and then glued the rest of the arrangement on the inside. The sentiment is on the outside. I die cut the same images in white to attach to the other side of where it's originally glued so the adhesive wouldn't show through. That includes the little bubbles. They're so little it was kind of hard to get them to stick. I used Copics to color the images.

My question is, should I've put a piece of patterned paper on the inside of the card for use as a background? Would it look better? These images seem to be floating on the card. I'd love to know your thoughts.

Thank you for stopping by today. I appreciate your visits and comments very much, and I hope to see you again real soon ~ Day 4 is coming up tomorrow, if all goes well.