Wednesday, August 16, 2017

OCC Rainbow Maker Day 4

Hello everybody! How's your day going? I'm here with my homework for Day 4 of Online Card Classes Rainbow Maker. Can you believe it? Already, Day 4! WooHoo! I'm getting caught up.

For today's card, I followed the lesson by Kristina Werner. The background was created by watercoloring the background using my Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolor set, bought from Amazon. The sentiment was created with a die from Stephanie Barnard's Stamps of Life, and the daisies were cut from a Spellbinder's die I got from Maker's Mart Die Club. The ribbon is from Gina K Designs.

I had to put this card together on the stove top to keep Snuggles from drinking my dirty, watercolored water used to rinse my brush. That was an experience. Xyron, die cuts, ribbon, watercolor set and water were balancing on the cold burners. Fortunately, I got it done without her catching on to my activity. I had given her a strip of paper to keep her occupied, and it worked! My new secret. Don't tell, please. I need my sanity!

If any of you have considered taking a class, go to and look at the variety of classes offered. It's a tremendous learning experience, and you will enjoy experimenting with the homework. It's also self-paced, which is a big help.

Thank you for stopping by today. I appreciate your comments and visits very much, and I hope to see you again real soon for Day 5!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

OCC Rainbow Maker Day 3

Hi everybody! Surprise, surprise, I'm here today with another card for Online Card Classes Rainbow Maker. This card took me a couple of days to put together. Why? You guessed it -- Snuggles (my kitten) wanted to help. She loved the strips of paper in rainbow colors and kept running away with them just as I was putting them down to be die cut.

The card idea was taken from a video by Nichol Spohr. She showed us ways to use colored cardstock for die cutting. I liked this idea and followed her suggestions to create my card. I left the inside of the card blank so I can tweak it for the occasion. This could be anything from birthday to new job.

The embossing folder I used is from Darice, the stars from The Ton's Panda Can't Do It, and the die for the sentiment is from Stephanie Barnard's The Stamps of Life. My cardstock came from Gina K Designs.

Thank you for stopping by today. I appreciate your comments and visits very much, and I'll see you again with homework from Day 4!

Monday, August 14, 2017

OCC Rainbow Maker Day 2

Hi everybody! I'm back already with Day 2's homework for Online Card Classes Rainbow Maker. This time I used different colors of the rainbow with die cuts and watercolor markers.

I used the same image as in my last post, Panda Can't Even from The Ton. This is not my normal to use the same image back-to-back on my cards, but while I had it out I thought it could be used again. As before, it was stamped with VersaFine Black ink and then heat embossed with clear embossing powder.

The dies used for the hearts are from Reverse Confetti and came with a tag set. They had an outline and a heart die, so I used both on most of these. Can you tell which one I didn't use it for? Did you notice that? Our secret, okay? I used colored paper for each color of the rainbow, except for one, which was colored with watercolors. Can you tell which one for that? Another secret. I'm not gonna tell!

The inside of the card has another panda image and the sentiment, "Hi there." There was no room for that on the front.

Thank you for stopping by today. I appreciate your comments and visits and I hope to see you again real soon for Day 3! (I'm slowly, but surely, getting caught up. Pray for the kitten--she wants to help.)

OCC Rainbow Maker Day 1, Again

Hi again! I'm here with another card for Day 1 at Rainbow Maker card class. Yes, I'm behind. Way behind! As stated in my previous post, I felt the rainbow tones in my first card were a little dark, so I created this one using lighter colors. They still kind of run together like mud in the center, but this the best I could do.

I tried to give the Pandas a platform to stand on, but it looks like they're peeing themselves! Oh, well. That was NOT my intention! There are NO mistakes in crafting, right?

The images used are from The Ton, and they're called Panda Can't Even. I love this set and have used it frequently in my cardmaking. In fact, my next post will use the same. Can't go wrong with a cute Panda!

After sponging on rainbow colors for my background, I stamped the images and sentiment in VersaFine's Black Ink and then heat embossed them with clear embossing powder. You can't tell from the photo, but they really stand out due to the embossing.

Thank you for stopping by today. I appreciate your comments and visits very much, and I hope to see you again real soon ~ Day 2 Coming Right Up!

Friday, August 11, 2017

OCC Rainbow Maker Day 1

Hi everybody! I'm here today with homework from Day 1 with Online Card Classes Rainbow Maker. Yes, I'm taking another class...surprise, surprise! It has been a while, but I was more than ready to start some rainbow creations. We're already on Day 5, so I'm a bit behind on the homework. It's hard to do with the new addition in the family. Read on...

I feel this card's background is a little dark, but mind you I was doing this while swatting a playful new kitten off the table, snatching away the blending foams from her mouth, and trying to keep the ink away from her paws. THIS WAS A CHALLENGE!

Anyway, I was finally able to manage a few minutes to blend rainbow colors (I did start with red, but you can't tell because the orange & yellow blended in so much) on this Bristol Smooth paper and then flick some water on it.

Once the kitten went to sleep (YAY--finally!), I got out the VersaFine Black Ink to stamp the image and then heat emboss it with clear embossing powder. I did the same for the sentiment and a star. The other stars were in a pack of sequins I had, so I added some of those with a drop of Silver Stickles. If you're interested in the image, I'm afraid I have no idea where it came from. Found it in my stash!

I am somewhat pleased, but I think I may try this again with lighter colors of the rainbow. The class is a lot of fun, and I'm learning a lot even though I'm way behind on the homework.

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

(and Snuggles)

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Watercolor, Wheels and Wedding

Hello everybody! I am posting a card I created today for the Mix It Up Monday Challenge at Gina K Design's Stamp TV. We're supposed to watercolor, so I watercolored every single thing on this card except the die cut scalloped circle and the ribbon!

The stamp set I used is Beth Silaika's Karen Dolphin, which includes this cute dolphin, a whale and all the fish you see on this card. I used my Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Watercolor Brush Pens (from Amazon). First, I outlined the image and then used a waterbrush to lighten the color. I did the same to get the blue background. I also colored the dolphin in a very light grey, cut him out with a circle die, then layered onto a scalloped circle. The black Gina K ribbon was added before the circle was adhered.

Now I'd like to show you another card, created for my son, Chris, just for fun. He recently purchased a new car, so I had to use a diecut I've had for years. It's very appropriate!

This was a very simple card to create. I just layered some paper, stamped the sentiment and added the diecut. Fun!

Finally, what about that wedding I told you about? Yes! Chris and Katie were married June 17th in West Virginia, where both bride & groom are from. First, there's a picture of me with Chris; second, a good picture of Chris & Katie.

That's it for my blog today. Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate your comments and visits very much, and I hope to see you again real soon ~

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Crafty Lady

Hi everybody! How's your day? Hope you're having a good weekend.

I put together this card rather quickly, in between chasing the cat off the craft table and finding the Stickles. After this picture was taken, I did add glitter to the coffee cup and hearts. Thought it needed some bling! I colored everything with Zig Watercolor Markers. The flowers & butterfly are from my own stash -- very old pieces, I might add! I layered it onto navy blue cardstock from Stampin Up!

The Unity stamp set is called Martha Girl and includes the main image plus two sentiments. I preferred this one so I could send it to another crafty friend. Got the set at Unity's recent sale.

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

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Hello, My Friend

Hi everybody! Hope you're having a good week!

I bought this Playful Flip-It die several weeks ago from The Stamps of Life and have had a lot of fun with it. There are so many dies and so many options, it's nearly overwhelming! The patterned paper I used for this card is also from The Stamps of Life. Love her paper pads!

My next-door neighbor is disabled and is limited in nearly every way. She loves pink, so I made this card for her. She is such a sweet lady, and we have grown fairly close over the past several months. I wanted to give her something cheerful on a particularly bad day.

I have a new member of my family. Everybody, meet Snuggles!

She's a handful! No wonder, she's only 11 weeks old, 2-1/2 pounds. Her days and nights are mixed up, so mine are, too. It's been 3 weeks, and I'm exhausted! Possibly too old for this? It's just like having a toddler. She's into everything! As you can see, her favorite toy is an empty box.

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

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Hair Up...

Hi everybody! How's your weekend been? We get a couple extra free days this week with the July 4th holiday. I hope you are able to enjoy it with friends & family.

I created this card for a friend of mine who's been having a hard time. A laugh or two always cheers up a person, so I thought she'd like it. I sent it, and she did!

The stamp set used on the front of the card is called Crafting Time and I bought it at Simon Says Stamps. The die on the inside was in my stash.

Hope you enjoyed today's post! I appreciate you stopping by today. Your comments and visits are always welcome, and I hope to see you again real soon ~

Friday, June 9, 2017

Wedding Time!

Hello everybody! I hope you're having a good day. I thought it was about time I got this wedding card for my son & his fiance posted on my blog. Their wedding is next week, and I've finally finished it plus a few extra goodies for them.

My friend from Gina K Designs' Stamp TV, Kathy Moore, sent me this cut for the front that was created from her Silhouette machine. She had used one similar for a card of her own, and I asked if she could cut one for me. Before I knew it, she had sent me an entire package of die cut pieces that I will be using for quite a while! Her kindness was overwhelming. Thank you, Kathy, if you're reading this.

The inside of the card was foiled using my Heidi Swapp Mini Minc Machine. The verse is from Gina K Designs, and I used silver foil. I added a ribbon for the final touch.

As an extra little gift, I embellished some tiles from Tim Holtz. Here's a snippet of the project.

I added a vinyl letter for each of their names (Chris & Katie) before outlining with Silver Stickles, then embellished other tiles in ways that relate to them. Since he's an assistant men's basketball coach and she's a sports broadcaster, I attached basketballs, baseballs & footballs, along with basketball nets & whistles that were either stickers or Jolee's products. Since they travel a lot, I added some license plates from States where they most frequently go and also from where they live or have lived. They both enjoy music (she sings in church choir) so I included some musical notes. Each tile was then coated with Glossy Accents. 

It was a fun project. I'll either put them on the tables for decorations or give Chris, Katie & her parents each a towle bag of them attached to their gift.

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

Monday, June 5, 2017

Pet Sympathy

Hello again! I'm posting another black and white card today. No challenge this time,  just doing a favor for a friend.

My neighbor mentioned she had a friend who was going to have to put down her dog who's been in her family for a very long time. The owner is not well physically and is currently hospitalized, and this emotional trauma is an extra burden to carry. My neighbor's very worried about her, so I got to work on a card to help ease the pain.

The image is one of my favorites and is perfect for this situation. We decided there was no need for a sentiment on the front, as my neighbor will write a personal note on the inside. I tried different colors of ribbon but we settled on the black so the front would be uniform in color. The inside of the card has a paw print die cut on the bottom left-hand corner.

I love this die from Spellbinders, called Pawing Around (Dog). Someone sent me a card with the Pawing Around (Cat) die cut on it when my cat passed away a couple years ago, and I knew I just had to have the dies. They have worked beautifully for cards such as this.

The ending to the story is the dog was not put down, after all. The owner's husband felt it would be too much emotional trauma so they are keeping the dog comfortable with meds right now and hoping she'll die peacefully in her sleep. The card will be sent when the time is appropriate, so I'm still glad I created it. With no sentiment on the front, it could even be sent now.

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 1, 2017

Black and White Plus A Little Bling

Hi everybody! I'm slowly getting back on track after moving and then injuring my knee in a fall, so I appreciate your patience. Things like this take time, I'm learning. Thank you for all your good wishes, too. That certainly cheered me up.

This card was created for Gina K's Stamp TV Mix It Up Monday Challenge where we were to use black and white with one accent color either in the ribbon or bling. I chose a touch of red in the gems added to the centers of the black flowers and also as a period at the end of the sentiment. Works for me!

It's been a long time since I joined a challenge, so it was good to get back at it again. It's very inspiring to see what others have created with the same instructions.

Before I go, I'll share my update: My knee specialist said this morning that I no longer need to see him, as long as I continue Physical Therapy and wear my brace until they tell me not to. (YAY!) That date will be closer to mid-June when my son gets married. (OH!) I want to walk down the aisle as Mother of the Groom on two firm legs -- and knees -- so the brace will be worn and the knee will be taped, but no there will be no limping thanks to all the PT I've had.  After talking with the doctor and the physical therapist, I feel there's no good reason to take the chance of falling again on a weak knee. It's okay, everything goes together -- my dress is black, the brace is black, the tape is black. Can you beat that?

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

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Beautiful You

Hello again! I'm back with an easy, CAS card I created for my sister, who's been a dancer most of her life.

I LOVE this image! It's called Beautiful You and I bought it from Stampin Up! It comes with two sets of images and sentiments. The inside of this card says "Life looks beautiful on you." Since my sister is a bubbly gal with lots of sparkle, I thought it was appropriate for her.

The cardstock I used came from Gina K Designs, and the ribbon was in my stash.

I'm still working on putting my craft room together, so finding what I needed to create a card wasn't easy. Fortunately, the ribbon was in the right spot for me to reach it easily!

Thank you'all for your support since my fall. My knee pain has let up since my doctor gave me cortisone shots last week. I'm wearing a brace to hold my knee cap in place until Physical Therapy helps me build some muscles to do the trick. Knee replacement is coming somewhere down the road, but I'm not ready for that yet and am counting on PT to get me back on my feet now. Thank you for your patience while I recuperate! I have NOT forgotten you, dear friends.

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

A Gift for 2017

Hi everybody! I was cleaning out old pictures on my camera and realized (to the best of my knowledge) I'd never given this project a real post & explained the steps in creating it. Better late than never!

NOTE:  Please disregard the date on the photos. My camera was not set to the right date!

As a New Year's gift for 2017, I created a Family Favorites Recipe Book for my family. My mother was a tremendous cook, and I am fortunate enough to have her recipes since she's passed. My brother, sister, and my two sons have favorites, but not one of us has had a collection of all the family favorites together in one place.

I found the cookbook binders at a local store that came with patterned papers, matching notepads and magnets. Although I had hoped to use cards with Mom's original handwriting, I found it impossible to configure on the computer. I found the notebooks to be the easiest and most sensible way to put the project together.

After going through my mother's recipes and selecting the ones I wanted to use, I typed them up on the computer and then printed each on patterned paper like you see above. When I ran out of printed paper, I took the package to the local Office Max and had them copy everything. That way all the paper looked the same & I could have a few extra copies.

Each recipe has special memories. For example, Mom's Spiced Beef  was prepared every Christmas Eve, and it took her 3 days to complete the recipe! I remember seeing her work on that for an entire weekend at a time. I never realized until typing her notes all the work -- and love -- she put into each meal. We were truly blessed to have a Mother who enjoyed cooking. How I miss traditions such as our special Christmas Eve meal.

My family was surprised to receive their New Year's gift this year, and I am so happy I took the time to create this project.

If you ever wonder if a project such as this is worth it, don't hesitate. It will be worth your time and effort...and your love.

Thanks for stopping by today. I appreciate your comments and visits very much, and I will see you again real soon ~ I actually have another post for today, so stay tuned!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Thank You & Update

Hi everybody! I'm finally back with a fun card I created using products from Gina K Designs. The stamps are from the latest Stamp TV Kit, called Bold and Blooming. I love the style of these flowers and leaves. The sentiment is nice and bold, which I also adore. The recipient gets the message, right away!

I used my Kuretake Clean Color Real Brush Watercolor markers to add color to the image. It's been a while since I sat down to color, but I found it to be very relaxing. I needed that! I didn't try to use much shading. I'll have to work on that later.

Please accept my apologies for the long absence. Soon after moving, I went to West Virginia and stayed with my sister so we could attend the wedding shower for my son's fiance. You know me -- something almost always happens when I least expect it. Missing a step on my sister's stairwell, I went down fast, popping my knee cap, several ligaments and tendons, too. The good news is this didn't happen until after the Bridal Shower! Hurray!

I managed to fly back home the day after my fall, and I've been sitting on the couch ever since (or walking with crutches).

Time heals, and it'd better heal fast because I've got a wedding to attend in June! I am NOT walking down that aisle with crutches, a brace, or even a cane. NO WAY.  My son deserves the best I can give! I mean, just look at him! Ahhhh, a mother's pride.

Well, that's it!

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

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

I'm Back!

Hi everybody! The moving is done and pneumonia has healed, so I am back with a new card to celebrate upcoming Easter. Geez, I missed you'all!

This card is square, 4-1/2 by 4-1/2, so it fits in an A2-sized envelope. I used Claire Brennan's new set called Springtime Baskets. I just love this set, because it has two different baskets in it and also a variety of fillers, like flowers and eggs. I chose the eggs for this card, and colored them pastel colors with my Copics. I added a sentiment from the set, along with a few butterflies that were colored in pastels, too.

Thank you for your patience, my friends! This has been a crazy couple of months, but things are moving along. My Craft Room still leaves a lot to be desired, as it's still full of boxes and doesn't have the furniture in place yet. I'll need some help with that, so it could be a while. In the meantime, I'll continue creating on the Dining Room table.

The header on this blog has been updated to reflect the Easter season. Thank you, dear Kevin, for your assistance with this! I love showing the bunny as well as the cross. It's a good reflection of the season with the flowers in bloom, too.

I appreciate your comments and visits very much. I look forward to seeing you again real soon ~