Sunday, June 10, 2018

Twofer Challenge #6

Hi Everyone! This time, the Twofer Challenge, which runs from the 10th -24th, is all about "trees." I couldn't find a tree stamp in my collection, at least not one that I liked, so I did a little shopping and found a really fun die set from MFT. My twofer consists of a Father's Day card, which uses the dies in the traditional manner, and the second is an Easter card, which got my thinking not only outside the box, but possibly all the way into the next room. However, both cards follow the rules of the challenge. Now, just because my cards are vastly different from each other, doesn't mean you have to follow my example. Be sure to check out the rest of the Design Team, and our lovely Guest Designers to see what they've made!


These are my two cards, photographed together:


And separately:



You must be wondering where the tree is on the second card, right?! It's there, I promise. Let me show you the dies...


Tree dies. Nice tree dies. Trees. Or eggs, or cookies, or carrots.... Now, I could have gone with something like this...


...but I didn't. You can, though. You can make two different tree cards; keeping them as trees. I saw the dies, and one of my famous pings went off. I saw an egg. For those of you who know me, you know that I have to follow my pings. So I went with it! I used the egg-shaped tree top to make Easter eggs for my bunny. They (pardon the pun) crack me up. (hahahahahahahaha) 

All the papers on all the cards are from my scrap files (yay!) The grass dies on the Father's Day card are MFT dies. The 'cherries' are also from an MFT cover plate. Uniko, SC, and AE sentiments. And the funny bunny is from Inky Antics.

So. Get busy. Pull out those tree stamps and dies. Make a couple of cards and join me and the rest of the Design Team in the gallery. You can do it! I'll see you there...And as always...


Saturday, May 12, 2018

Just Wanted to Wish You...

A very happy Mother's Day! I know I'm a day early, but considering I'm not posting/commenting/doing anything (or so it seems) online, I wanted to 'strike while the iron was hot.' DH is having some (more) health issues following three medical procedures. So you can see where my heart and duty lies. When I have a few minutes between caregiving stuff, I stop and take a peek at your blogs, but don't have the time to comment very often. For that I apologize. It has taken me two days to make this rather CAS, and might I add, cute card. Plus one day to take the photo and write up a quick post. *sigh* And because we've got company here (they're in Madison at the moment, hence time to post) to help our granddaughter Jessica celebrate her graduation from Law School, there's more for me to do. We watched the ceremony live on YouTube. How nice to live in this age of technology! This is the "my so funny," granddaughter. When did she grow up???!!

Our Jessica. Smart just like her grandma, lol!!

Image may contain: Jessica Behling, smiling, standing and hat

I made a card for CAS on Friday, where we're to use a cute stamp. Here's my cute little bunny:


I know right?! It's a Clearly Whimsy stamp set, and I used two MFT wonky rectangle dies. A little Copic coloring and done. The polka dotted vellum is a scrap from Darnell that I snatched up at the Lake House. It added dimension without too much fuss. That image just makes me want to say, "Awww!!" 

And don't forget to play along with me and the rest of my teamies at the current Twofer Challenge. You can find all the details here

As always...


Thursday, May 10, 2018

Twofer Challenge #5

Well. I've got butterflies! Not in my stomach, but you'll find them here on my blog and you'll see more fluttering by over at the Twofer Challenge! Because I didn't have a large enough butterfly image, I had to go shopping. Isn't that just too bad?? Not!! I found this lovely stamp set at The Stamp Market, and just had to have it. So glad I did!! Let's get to the cards, shall we?!

Here they are together:


And here they are individually:



Polka dots. Does it get any better than polka dots?!! Now you see why I just had to have this set! I masked the birthday card and stamped the butterflies in black and then with a variety of colored inks. The oval is from MFT, and the sentiment is from HA. The thinking of you card has just the one butterfly, which was fussy cut, and it's been popped up on that gorgeous hydrangea. I stamped the flower and the sentiment while at the Lake House over a year ago, and have been hoarding saving it for just the right time. I think this butterfly was meant for this bloom, don't you?! And I apologize to the maker of both the sentiment and the hydrangea, as I don't know who made them. All I know is that I quite like them! I watercolored the bloom with my Ziggies, cut the panel down and added a purple base to fit my card front. EZPZ lemon squeezy! 

So now it's your turn. Dig through your stash, look at your database, or search in your Evernote for that butterfly stamp and come play along at the Twofer Challenge. You can use the butterflies in a traditional manner like I did, or you can think outside the box and create two cards, using the same stamp in a non-traditional way. It'll be fun I promise!! See you there!!!





Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Twofer Challenge #4

Happy April everyone, and welcome to this month's Twofer Challenge! I'm sure you're going to enjoy this one. I know I did! Here's our prompt for April:




Do you automatically think of cats and dogs? Or birds, hamsters, lizards, bunnies, and ponies? We used to have a couple of kitties around the house, Cinnamon and Sugar. They were the most fun critters, and I do miss their antics and the lap-sitting with their purrs going. And even though I had cats, I went with a dog stamp. I'm eager to see what you make, so grab your pet stamps, create a couple of cards and join us!

And "who-knew?!," I happen to have a couple of pet-themed cards to share with you today. Here they are together:



You can see that I've made one pet sympathy card, and one birthday card. Let's start with the sympathy card:


A dear, dear friend lost her sweet pup a bit ago, and I wanted to let her know I was thinking of her. The base was covered with a piece of SU vellum that Geri G. gave me at the Lake House. The NBUS sympathy sentiment is from Avery Elle, and the pup is from Pinkfresh Studios. I tried to give the little sweetie a bi-colored coat, though I'm not sure it worked as well as I hoped it would.

Next is the birthday card:


You can see I used the same pup for this birthday card, but stamped him in an aqua blue. The balloon is from the same Pinkfresh Studio set. The die is from Pretty Pink Posh. I tossed a few yellow sequins on, and made some 'grass' with my Ziggies. 

I hope to see you all in the gallery this month! Grab those stamps, pet-themed this time, and let those creative juices flow! Hope to see you over at the Twofer Challenge!! 




Saturday, April 7, 2018

Two Cards for Today

I'll just get right to it before DH needs anything. Lots going on around here, but since I needed several birthday cards for family and friends, I thought I'd post them real quick.

The first card will head off to SSS Wednesday Challenge and Color Throwdown



I think this birthday card turned out lovely in this color palette:


I found various circle stamps in my stash and used ME pink and red inks, and the green is a DO in pistachio. I cut the SC sentiment twice; once in black and once in mint and off set them slightly. A few blings in the same colors finishes it off nicely. Looks happy to me.

The next card is off to play at Poppy Stamps Challenge, Happy Little Stampers April CAS Challenge, and the Stamping For Autism Awareness Blog Hop. Do head over to Veronica's blog to learn about how Autism has impacted her life, and join in by making a card, too. 






The blue in the photo is in the teal family, and the darn thing photographed more in the green range as opposed to the blue. 


I've framed my card with a chevron paper from LF. The giraffes are from Poppystamps, and I just love them! I upcycled a chevron bag and used it behind the giraffe cuts. An old Syzzix label die with a PTI sentiment and done! An EZPZ, CAS card. Hope to get the chance to visit your blogs a bit later today, too. Have a great weekend, and as always...
(ETA: As per Carol's suggestion, I'm also entering the second card at Cards In Envy, where we are to accentuate the negative space. Thanks C!!)



Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Spring?

Spring is definitely not in the air. My son said they had 5" of snow in Minneapolis the day before Easter. Not very Spring-like there either. I guess it's just a waiting game for now. It will get warmer and sunnier, and one of these days in the not-so-distant future, I'll probably complain that it's too hot outside... Enough of the weather report. This is a card blog, so let's get to it, shall we?!

I haven't had much time to play in the craft room as of late, but I got up a little bit early today so I could make at least one card. Mission accomplished! I'm sending this little sweetie off to Inspired By, and SSS Wednesday Challenge.




I just love gingham, don't you?


Yellows, greens, and a bit of pink. Maybe these colors will help usher in some more Spring-like weather! The gingham *sigh* is a scrap from my files, and the flowers and branches are from a NBUS PTI set. The scalloped edge die is from PPP, and the little tag with its sentiment is from AE. I added a sprinkling of sequins just because I like them. And now I have to run. DH needs a little bit of help. As always...


Saturday, March 24, 2018

More Pink

I promise that after this post, I will use different colors. But I got in a 'pink' rut. Not a bad rut, as I like the color pink rather much, but a rut nonetheless. I hope you won't mind these two cards today. This first card will head off to a brand new challenge from Pinkfresh Studios. I'd won a GC blog hopping with them, and added some PFS stamps/dies to my stamp collection. And yes, I like them. Good stamping quality, and fun images! Go check them out. My second pink card will go and play at Time Out, and at the Poppy Stamps Challenge.

March Monthly Challenge



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Card Number One:


I just used one Pinkfresh Studio stamp on this card. I loved the airiness of this foliage, so masked off a panel and stamped above and below it. I added two hot pink strips to give it a more finished look, and then used a SC 'celebrate' die. A few pink blings and done. Sorry about the bad photo. I really wanted to capture the colors, and had to put up with the shadows in order to do so.

Card Number Two:


A very CAS birthday card. The branch is from Poppy Stamps, and the sentiment is from MB. I colored the branch with Copics, and added a few sequins. While it's hard to see, the focal point has been cut with an MFT die. Pretty EZPZ! And now I've got to run. Hope you're having a wonderful weekend, and as always...