Monday, November 13, 2017

Purrfect Christmas


I'm back! This card is one I created at a recent Scrapbooking Crop, using some Purrfect Christmas stamps I purchased at Gina K Designs. This is a fun set for me since I have a 6-month old kitty cat who gets into everything. I don't dare put up a Christmas tree this year because it certainly wouldn't last very long with Snuggles around!

I stamped the tree and then added the mouse and cat. The gift boxes were stamped and fussy cut on another piece of cardstock (all inks and cardstock are by Gina K). I colored everything with my Kuretake Zig Clean Color watercolor markers. Before mailing this, I think I'll add some Stickles to the Christmas tree decorations just to bling it up a bit.

Several cards have been created using this stamp set, and I'm sure I've seen some similar cards like this one. I think I created a card with a mix of everything I've seen in the blog hops! Kudos to you who have given such inspiration!

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


Warmer With You



Hello again! I am back with another Christmas card, this time using Gina K's Warmer With You set, bought from Simon Says Stamps. I love this set because there are so many cute snowmen included.

For my card, I used two of the larger snowmen and one smaller female. This is because I have two grown sons in my family, and I wanted to exhibit them as snowmen in my card. They're not as big and round as these, but they are taller than me. Of course, I'm not as small as the female shown here, either! For the inside, I used a stamp from Lawn Fawn that was in my stash.

I think I'll go back and add some white details, such as dots or stripes, on the hats and scarves for the males, just to show some difference. After all, my boys are NOT twins, although they're only 19 months apart. (How in the world did I do that?)

Since I'm chatting here about my boys, I'm including a picture of the three of us, taken in June, 2017.

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




Saturday, November 11, 2017

Patterned Ornaments




Hello everybody! I'm here with several Christmas cards I made using patterned paper. I have an old Stampin Up! die set I bought without the stamp set that goes with it. So I decided to pull out some of the patterned paper I've bought over the years and use it just with the dies.

I put the sentiment on the inside of the cards with the plain front. Otherwise, it's on the outside, as shown in the first picture.

Here, I got a little crazy with the patterns!



The bows were a little tricky to tie and glue on with the kitten sitting there, watching me. She really wanted that ribbon! I added snowflakes and gems to the centers of the ornaments. They were found in my stash.

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


Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Card & Tag


Hello again! I'm back with another holiday card. This time I included the tag that goes with it. Both were created using the Merry & Bright Stamp TV Kit by Gina K Designs. I am entering them into the Mix It Up Monday Challenge at Stamp TV.

I was able to heat emboss the image on both the card and tag, plus the sentiment on the card. Of course, I had to hold my breath the whole time because Snuggle was very close to me, watching every move. I was SURE she was going to jump into the embossing powder, but she didn't, thank goodness! The sentiment on the tag was stamped with Gina K's Blue Denim ink. I also layered the card with her Blue Denim cardstock. LOVE that color!

Without the cat, this would be an easy card to reproduce for mass mailing. With the cat, however, I'd have to give it a second thought.

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


Pine


Hi everybody! I hope you had a Happy Halloween and are now ready to start celebrating the future holidays. I changed my banner to reflect Thanksgiving. Kevin helped with all my banners, so I owe him a big THANK YOU for that.

Today's Christmas card showcases some stamps from Gina K Designs' latest Stamp TV Kit called Merry & Bright. I stamped the image and one word of the sentiment in Gina K inks and used her "Christmas" die for rest. I also created a tag to go with this but it was after I'd already photographed the card.

This was an easy card to create. I'd say it's very "Clean and Simple" but getting the word die to lay perfectly inside the shadow wasn't very easy. It's a very long, thin die cut and kind of difficult to use without stretching it out. I always use Sizzix adhesive sheets when cutting out words, and once you take that off it's always a challenge not to get it stuck everywhere. If it weren't for that, I'd create this card in bulk and send them out. I will still probably make more of them, just the same.

It would also look nice to layer the word die multiple times without the shadow so it would be thicker and stand out more. I'm just not up for that...no patience at this time of when I have so many cards to make!

For those of you asking, yes, Snuggles helped with this card, too. She supervised. Sometimes I can catch her in a quiet mood where she stretches out across the table where I'm working and I have just enough room to create my cards. If she's not in a quiet mood, I cut a strip of paper for her to play with and she stays occupied with that most of the time. She's always a partner in my creations, whichever mood she's in!

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


Monday, October 30, 2017

JOY


Hi everybody! It's that time of year for card makers to get busy with their cards to mail out for the holidays, and I'm no exception. In just another day or two, it will also be time to change my banner again so it will be appropriate for Thanksgiving. Wow! Fall is passing by quickly!

This card was created with an old stamp set from Stampin Up called Peaceful Wreath. I love it because it goes with another stamp set called Wondrous Wreath that's the same except the wreath doesn't have holly and berries on it.

The "joy" comes from a die cut I purchased from Reverse Confetti. It has several holiday words in the set and also goes with a stamp set to complete a sentiment. On the inside of this card, for instance, I used "to the world," stamped in red to go with the front.

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


Monday, October 16, 2017

OCC Merry Making Day 3


Hi everybody! I'm slowly but surely coming back with more homework. Today's card is for Day 3, and I followed a video by Gina from Gina K Designs.

The idea for today's homework is to use stamps that aren't particularly made for the holidays. I used a few from a Gina K Design's Stamp TV Kit called The Simple Things, including the dot, the bud and the flower. All were heat embossed in gold, as well as the sentiment from Gina's Holly Jolly set. All were layered on black. I added a ribbon, also from Gina, for the final touch (with help from Snuggles).

Like I said, I created this while following Gina's video, so it's really a CASE (Copy and Share Everything) and not an original by me. Of course, I'd LOVE to take the credit but that's not fair.

Thank you for stopping by today. I appreciate your comments and visits very much, and I hope to see you again real soon ~ as soon as I get Day 4 done!


Friday, October 13, 2017

OCC Merry Making Day 2


Hi everybody! I'm back with homework from Day 2 of Online Card Classes Merry Making. I followed a video by Jennifer McGuire to create this card. It's fairly simple yet appealing to the eye. That's my kind of card!

Lines were drawn every 1/4th inch across the bottom using my scoreboard by Martha Stewart.The stamp set I used is called Poinsettias by Inspired By Stamping. I've had it forever and got it when I won a gift certificate for their products. It was hard to choose which products I wanted, and I remember adding a good bit to this order. I've used this stamp set every Christmas since, so I'm very glad I got it.

The ink is from Gina K Designs, the cardstock from Stampin Up! I also used my Wink of Stella pen to add some glitter on the poinsettia center and also for the veins in the leaves. That's not visible in this photograph, unfortunately.

The ribbon had to be tied a few times -- Snuggles got a hold of it and kept untying the bow faster than I could re-tie it. I finally took the original off and started over again. Frustration! (I know it sounds like Snuggles is always a frustration, but I do really, truly love her...especially when she's sleeping!)

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


Monday, October 9, 2017

OCC Merry Maker Day 1






Hello everybody! I'm here today with homework from Online Card Classes Merry Maker's first day. This will be a holiday class where we will make a variety of cards for the upcoming holiday season. YAY! They didn't offer this class last year, and I was so disappointed! This is where I get my ideas for the year's cards I send out.

I used Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks to blend the colors for the background. Then I heat embossed the snowflakes in white. (All the snowflakes are from various stamp kits I've collected over the years.) The large "JOY" was from a stamp & die kit from Simon Says Stamps. I heat embossed that in silver and then die cut it. The rest of the sentiment was also heat embossed in silver.

Kristina Werner showed us how to do the "bokah" technique, and I like it. I've always thought that would be hard, but it wasn't. All I had to do was draw white circles with a paintbrush and water and then dab the excess off so the ink would lift. This works particularly well with Distress Oxide Inks. You'd think that wasn't challenging, but it was. Snuggles kept drinking the water!!!

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


Thursday, October 5, 2017

Stitched Leaves


Hello everybody! I'm back already with a card I'm entering in the Mix It Up Monday Challenge at Stamp TV. We're asked to use vellum on our creation, so I added that's where I put the sentiment.

I've had a few difficult days waiting on test results (thyroid), and my friends have been very supportive. This card will go to one of them who really reached out to me and kept my spirits up right until my last doctor's appointment (where I was told we're going to "watch it" for another 6 months -- UGH!) Anyway, I need to make several of these!

I created the background using the two-step stamps in the Stitched Leaves set by Gina K Designs and then added the piece of vellum on top with the sentiment. The stamps came in a mini kit, complete with adhesive, stamps, dies and cardstock. Can't beat it! I die cut the word out several times and layered it before adhering. The die came separately, btw. The phrase was heat embossed in VersaFine Black ink.

In case you were wondering, yes, Snuggles helped! She grabbed my trimmings and chased them around the table while I was trying to heat emboss. That was FUN...right!

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


Bats & Webs



Hey everybody! How's your day coming along? It's nearly the weekend, YAY!

I'm still trying to get Halloween cards done. Only a couple left, except my neighbor has now ordered several of the card with the shoes that you saw in my previous post. Time is ticking...

I love the sentiment on this card! Over the past several years, I have made friends with quite a few crafting folks through the Internet. We share our cards and send them to each other when someone is down, sick or celebrating an occasion. Amazing friendships!

This card is especially appropriate for friends like that. I couldn't resist purchasing the stamp set called Bats by Gerda Steiner Designs once I saw the sentiment. The cat on the inside is from Gina K Designs' Boo stamping set. The rectangle die with the dots cut out is from Stephanie Barnard's The Stamps of Life. I created the background myself using other stamps from the Gerda Steiner stamps.

Thank you for stopping by today! I appreciate your comments and visits very much, and I hope to see you again real soon ~ another post is right around the corner!


Friday, September 29, 2017

Shoes



Hello good friends! How are you doing? It's the weekend! YAY!

I'm trying to get my Halloween cards done. To get in the spirit, my friend, Kevin, helped me put together a new banner for this blog. I picked out the images I liked, and Kevin put them together. In addition, I changed the background color to purple. Do you like it? Snuggles is even in there!

This card was created using Dare 2B Artsy's Good Witch Shoes stamp set. I also have the dies that go with it but didn't need them for the card. The background paper is from Gina K Designs.

I'm sending this card to my sister since she loves shoes and has a great sense of humor. During Halloween, I usually only make 4 cards -- one for my brother, sister and two sons. Halloween isn't a big holiday for me, but I can at least make a few to go with the theme.

Hope you're having a good weekend so far. Our weather is beginning to change here, with temps moving from the 80s and 90s to the 70s. Not exactly sweater weather, but close!

I appreciate you stopping by today. Your comments and visits mean the world to me, and I hope to see you again real soon ~


Saturday, September 16, 2017

Boo!



Hi everybody! How's your weekend coming along? I am happy to post again. It's been too long!

For this card, I used a stamp from Gina K Designs.com called Wicked. It's full of fun Halloween stamps, and I could hardly wait to use it.

On the front I glued a paper spider web I purchased from Stampin Up! (No Longer Available) They are very delicate and not easy to glue, but I had some Ranger Multi Medium Matte that came with a brush, so I just brushed it on and it worked! The circle dies came from Gina K Designs as did the patterned paper. The twine is from my stash, but I believe I purchased it from my local Hobby Lobby store.

This was a fun card to create. I am including it in Stamp TV's Mix It Up Monday Challenge where we're supposed to include twine.

Time to sign off -- Snuggles is having a rambunctious day and it's very hard for me to get anything accomplished here. If she catches on that I'm on the computer, she'll jump on the keyboard and add a few words herself! Help me! I'm too old for this. ❤

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


Saturday, August 26, 2017

Foiled Birthday

Hi everybody! How's your crafting coming along?

Stamp TV has a Mix It Up Monday Birthday Challenge going on that I decided to join. We were to pick from a numbered list of cardmaking techniques the date of our birth DAY (15th) and follow that for the design of our card. Mine turned out to be (1) One Layered Card, and (5) Foiling. Other options corresponding with numbers include stitching, die cuts, markers, etc. It's a fun challenge, and one easy enough for me to participate in.

I took a Tim Holtz stencil called Rays and put Transfer Gel Paste over it. Once removed from the stencil, I took my designed cardstock and let it dry a day. Then, I ran it through my Heidi Swapp Mini Minc Machine with a piece of Deco Foil's Amber Watercolor over top. The result is what you see on my card. I added some Fossilized Amber and Orange Marmalade Distress Inks along with a few gems to resemble raindrops.

This card will be sent to my nephew. I've already missed his birthday, but I want him to know I'm thinking about him. He's 22, I think...anyway, he should enjoy the card, especially the gold foiling. He's really into art, and this would be something a little different from a store-bought card.

Thank you for stopping by today. I appreciate your comments and visits very much, and I hope to see you again real soon ~ Have a happy weekend! (Oh, check out the P.S. below! Sure to put a smile on your face.)


P.S. Ready for a Snuggles update? I heard an odd noise coming from the bathroom the other day, so I went in to check it out. There was Snuggles, hiding behind the shower curtain. She has found a new hiding place!


Friday, August 18, 2017

OCC Rainbow Maker Day 6


Hi everybody! This is the last post for my Online Card Class called Rainbow Maker. Can you believe it?

I really appreciate everybody hanging in there with me as I get my homework done. Your comments have kept me going, even when I felt like giving up. You wouldn't believe how much your positive words help in the creative process. I could be covered with embossing paste, ink and adhesive, ready to hang it up, when I think "Who knows, somebody might like this..." and Voila! I get a positive comment. Absolutely makes my day.

This card was created with a Tim Holtz Stencil called Latticework and some embossing paste that I colored with soft rainbow colors. I chose some reinkers that aren't so bright to put in the embossing paste this time. I like everything but the pink, but that's okay. I'll probably try a different red next time.

The sentiment die came from Stephanie Barnard's The Stamps of Life, and the flower is a Spellbinders die called Asters and Poppies. Love those flowers! I added a little bling with Stickles, gems and sequins. Hope it's not too much.

I followed a lesson by Laura Bassen to create this card. Love that lady! She's so funny and keeps me laughing while I learn.

As usual, I stood at my kitchen stove to put this together. When I tried it at the craft table, Snuggles ran off with the Love die cut & I had to chase her around the dining room to get it! She's REALLY interested in the reinkers, but right now they're on the stove top, too. Now that class is over, I can put all this stuff away. Then what will she grab? Oh, I can hardly wait to find out...

Thank you for stopping by today. Like I said, your comments and visits mean the world to me. Hope to see you again soon ~


Thursday, August 17, 2017

OCC Rainbow Maker Day 5


Hello! I am here again with homework for Day 5 of Online Card Classes Rainbow Maker. This one was a challenge, but I think it still turned out all right.

Kristina Werner showed us how to use glitter paste with a stencil. I didn't have glitter paste as shown in Kristina's video, so I used regular embossing paste. For my card, I colored a little bit of paste at a time, each dab a different rainbow color. I spread it on my heart stencil, made by die cutting the heart on a piece of Inkadinkado Masking Paper and then placing it on my cardstock. The heart is from Stampin Up!

Spreading the embossing paste wasn't hard, and coloring it wasn't, either. The challenge was to get it in the design you want. I'm telling you, that masking paper looked like one hot mess until I took it off and revealed the heart!

Laura Bassen's video showed using a stencil with colored embossing paste, and at the end she took her tool and used it from top to bottom of her design, putting slight pressure on the paste from one color into another. That's what I decided to try on my card, and I think it looks pretty neat.

The sentiment die is from my stash, but I think it's from Simon Says Stamps, probably designed by Kristina Werner. (If anybody knows, please feel free to share!) I cut the sentiment 3 times and stacked it before adhering to my colorful heart. I think it looks kind of wonky, but that's the way it is. Finally, I popped up the heart onto an embossed background layered on a light blue card base. The embossing folder is We R Memory Keepers Next Level. You have to look close, but the hearts are there!

Thanks for stopping by today. I appreciate your comments and visits very much, and I particularly appreciate you hanging in there with me through this class! I have one more day's homework to go. I hope you enjoy that creation, too, once I get it finished.

Hope to see you again real soon ~


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 http://www.onlinecardclasses.com 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!