Tuesday, September 22, 2015

A Special Flip-It

Hello everybody! How's your day coming along? Our weather has been beautiful, but rain is in the forecast for the rest of the week. Yikes!

Today's card is another Flip-It, using a die, ribbon, cardstock and patterned paper from Stephanie Barnard's Stamps of Life. I just love the little leaves on that paper! The stamped images are from The Greeting Farm. The little animals are so cute--I've been waiting to use this stamp set since summer!

Hope everybody's having a good week. I have a family member and also a close friend having surgery this week, so I'm a little anxious. Thought I'd post this card before it really gets hectic!

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

Friday, September 18, 2015

Happy Birthday, Nephew!

Hello everybody! How are you today? Another week has passed, so I thought I'd better post a new card.

Today's creation was made for my nephew, Quintin Baker. He had a birthday in August, right before my trip to California. I was so busy getting ready for my trip, I forgot all about it. Well, this nephew is very special to me, so I had to make up for it as soon as possible.

Flip-It dies are some of my favorites, so I picked that for my card for Quintin. The dies, card base, patterned paper and stamps came from Stamps of Life. I just love that tshirt set, and I like the grey and red together. The blank space on the right of the card is where I wrote a note to Quintin.

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

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Fall Foliage and a Trip to the West Coast!

Hello! How's everybody doing? I've recuperated from my trip to the Los Angeles area, and I wanted to share a few pictures and also a card I made recently.

The card was created with a stamp set by Gina K Designs called Fall Foliage. It's full of beautiful Fall stamps. This isn't a new stamp; rather, it's one I saw on sale when Gina had her Fall Specials. I've been resisting it for quite a while, and once the price dropped, I ordered it!

Since this is a new stamp set for me, and I've never used it before, I am entering this card to Darnell's NBUS ("Never-Before-Used-Stuff") card challenge. Please see her blog at: djkardkreations.com.

I used several different colors to stamp the Fall leaves onto ivory cardstock. Then I added a strip of Cranberry Tart cardstock layered with vellum after I heat embossed the sentiment. Finally, I added a wooden leaf tied with a bow right beside the sentiment.

This was a rather simple card to make but it doesn't really qualify as a CAS (Clean and Simple) style because there's little white space. I will probably send this to someone in my family sometime this Fall.

Now for the pictures from my trip:

This first picture is of me and my son, Coleman. We were at Urban Lights in Los Angeles. Every day was a beautiful day, full of warmth and sunshine.

This is a picture of my son, Coleman, and his wife, Meredith, at Santa Monica Pier. See how blue the water is!

Look what we found!!! A Craft and Folk Art Museum with a SALE in their giftshop! I actually got away with one pretty pair of earrings. Meredith bought a pair, too.

Went to the Los Angeles Zoo one day and got rather close to some of the animals. That gorilla kept putting the branch on his back so it hooked around his neck. The giraffe bent down and got right in front of me!

Although I took over 100 pictures, this was the last picture we got of the two of us. The next day, my last day there, we went to the taping of Jimmy Kimmel and then to the Griffith Observatory. What an awesome way to end a spectacular trip!

Friends, cherish the time you have with your kids, no matter how old they are. I miss mine so bad it hurts sometimes. This trip will hold a special place in my heart for the rest of my life.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

You're Priceless

Hello everybody! Sorry it's been so long since I've posted a card. I'm currently in Glendale, California, visiting my son and his wife. I created this card before I left but had not posted it yet, so here you are.

The first thing I did to create this card was spray some ink over a Tim Holtz Stencil, which resulted in the light sun rays you see. After that, I had no clue what I was going to do with it, so I played around with some Distress Inks and then set it aside. With time, I discovered this die that cuts beautiful dainty flowers. I'm not sure who makes it since I don't have it with me, but I think it's from Simon Says Stamps. The same goes for the sentiment--not sure where that came from, but I like it!

To make sure the dainty flower die cuts would stick, I added Glossy Accents in the center and in the leaves. I really like that effect. Finally, with the advice from a dear friend, I added some bling so we'd have some more green showing. After layering onto black cardstock, I attached everything onto cardstock that had been distressed with the same colors.

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