Monday, March 18, 2019

It's Mon-turday

I thought, that since our lovely friend Darnell makes up new words which we all love, well, I thought I'd give it a go. "Mon-turday." It's a combination of Monday and Saturday. For those of us who are retired, every day is kind of like a Saturday, so it just made sense to me, lol! "Tue-turday" sounds funnier though...Go ahead, say it out loud in front of a three year old! My friend Mary would tell me I was naughty. She's not far from wrong, hahahaha!!  Anyway, thought I'd try it out on you. Doesn't quite work as the words Darnell invents, does it? Shoot. Oh well, let's move onto a couple of cards then, shall we?

I've got two for you this morning. The first one will head off to play at Tag You're It, which has a lovely and delicious prompt! POLKA DOTS. Sorry. Just couldn't contain my excitement. You know me. I love, adore, can't-live-without-them. My second card is off for a visit at Freshly Made Sketches. This one makes me giggle a little.



I put my tag onto a black and yellow matted base so it would really pop:


I may have to play again. It's 'polka dots' after all! The tag die is from RC, and the 'hello' sentiment is from Savvy dies, cut in both yellow and black. All the papers are from my scrap files, which really makes me happy! There's a bit of yellow twine and a b&w polkie dotted ribbon to finish it off.

Up next is a bit 'o fun:


It loosely follows the FMS sketch. My line of penguins follows the horizontal line of the sketch, and the icebergs are representative of the circles. They're from EH. The layers of snow are cut with LF dies, and the snowballs are just punched from an olllld paper punch. I did a little blending with those nice, new-fangled brushes. They work so well for inept me. I used a Sunny Studio sentiment to finish this one. Can you just picture the plop-splat on the back of a penguin head?! Reminds me of days gone by...not like I would have done anything like that....hahahahaha! So that's it for me. I am hoping you all have a delightful week, and as always...


Saturday, March 16, 2019

Hello Beautiful

Have I ever told you about our daughter, Cathy? She's a beautiful woman. Mother to four adult children (where did that time go??), wife to a wonderful husband, hard worker, loving daughter, and a good Christian woman. She's funny, brave, kind, nice, empathetic, strong, and has all the qualities necessary to be called an incredible person. I hope you all have someone like Cathy in your family. She's beautiful. As you are. I can see your soul shining and it is most definitely beautiful.

I'll show you one card today which I made for Cathy's birthday (in July). She won't see this, so it'll be a surprise for her, don't worry. Thought it fit nicely into Addicted To Stamps And More, as well as Time Out.

ETA: One of the DT members at The Flower Challenge, Bobby, suggested I enter this card there as well. So I shall! Thanks Bobby!!





She likes flowers. And purple. Here's what I made:


I used a WPlus9 floral stamp and die. I colored the pretty flowers and leaves with Copic markers. The sentiment is from Altenew, and fits Cathy to a "T." The peachy cardstock is from my seemingly endless stash, and I thought it was a good fit for this card. Now. If only Esther (pronounced Kara) would come for another visit and continue my Copic coloring lessons.... I wouldn't be this far without her! While it's a fairly simple card to make, I think it packs a punch. I do like it, if I may say that without sounding immodest. Enjoy your weekend everyone, and as always...


Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Making Plans

A couple of weeks ago, I started making plans for this year's home repair projects. We live in a sweet home built in 1929, which has many of the original features left untouched, including light fixtures, doors and woodwork, and amazing plaster work. A bit of the plaster in the dining room and living room need repair, and a coat of paint wouldn't hurt either, so I thought, "hey! This is the year to get both done!" I was happily dreaming of paint colors and was planning to hire the whole job out! And then, I thought, "There's enough money left to get the work done on the soffits, facia, and gutters on the addition and garage too!" Yay!! And if those projects didn't cost too much, I might even have enough money left over to get some new dining room chairs. For a little while, I fell asleep at night thinking about beige, green, and blue paint colors. Then a bridge in my mouth broke. And I got an infection. For more than a week I looked like a lopsided chipmunk, but the infection is nearly gone now, thankfully. *sigh* It's going to take a nice chunk of that set-aside money to fix what's happened in my mouth. Ugh. Blessed to have the funds and maybe if I just hire out the plaster repair, one of my sons can come and help me paint.... It's always something, isn't it?! The upside is, if I have Christian come and help me, it would be some lovely time spent together. That's a really nice upside to all this, isn't it?! I'd trade time with my kids to new paint any day. See...I make my plans and God says, "Girl, I've got something better for you!"

All that fun started about 10 days ago, and now that I'm feeling better, I thought I'd make some cards. It's what we do, right?! I've got two to share today. The first one will head off to CAS(E) this Sketch, and the second one will go play along at Fusion (where I've used the top left part of the inspiration photo and the colors), and at CAS On Friday (embossing).


For your blog

Here's what I made:




For the birthday card, I've used a new CP set, and a sentiment from Sugar Pea. I cut the center panel with an MFT die, and used a scrap of blue that matched the ink on one of the circles. 
For the sympathy card, I used an Altenew set and heat embossed those pretty leaves. That's also an MFT die and a Gina K. sentiment in the lower panel. No matter how I tried to give this its true mint green color, it photographed a bit on the blue side. *sigh* Seriously easy cards though. Had so much fun making them. You have a great day, and as always...


Sunday, March 10, 2019

Twofer Challenge #14

It's time once again for the Twofer Challenge! I hope you're as excited as I am. When Darnell let the Design Team know March's prompt was "Balloons," well...don't you know I just had to jump online and buy a stamp and die set that I'd been drooling over! What a perfect excuse to shop a little, lol!!

I do hope you'll play along with us. And unlike me, you can use the stamps, dies, and/or stencils you've got in your stash (unless you "need" those new stamps, lol)! Remember to make two differently designed cards for two different occasions and join us in the gallery. It's great for your stash!



Here's a photo of them together:


And individually:



Those sweet balloons are from Sugar Pea Designs. For the baby card, I used my new ink blenders, and colored all the balloons in Fresh Ink's Pink Lemonade ink. Those are AE scalloped dies, LF flag banners (Winked by Stella), an old Pebbles word die cut, some pretty Doodlebug polka dot paper, and I finished off those SP balloons with a teensy bit of silver thread.

You can tell by looking at it, just how CAS my birthday card is. Same balloon, stamped in black, blended in yellow. The package is from Jane's Doodles, and the sentiment is PTI. EZPZ. 

I can't wait to see where you fly off to with your balloons. So I'll see you in the gallery, right?!! And as always...


Friday, March 1, 2019

March Forth on the First

It's March already. I swear that before you know it, we'll be singing "O Come All Ye Faithful," but in the meantime, I guess it would be a good thing to go through Spring, Summer and Fall before we embark on another Winter!

In regards to my last post, here, I wanted to thank you for letting me know how you feel and what you do about cooking and baking. (And if you email me Sharon, I'll reply with that recipe...) Even after all these years, I still enjoy both, but sure wish I had someone to come in and clean up the mess I make in the kitchen, lol! Just found a recipe for a decadent sounding Chocolate Banana Cake. I won't touch it, but DH will be as happy as a husband with a chocolate/banana cake!

Two cards today. Neither was difficult to make, and both use a bit of patterned paper. The first one will head off to the CAS Colours & Sketches challenge, and the second will go to CAS(E) This Sketch and Time Out.




Here's the first:


I used a scrap of this fun, bright patterned paper and cut it with a PPP border die. The sentiment is from MFT and I used a green ink to compliment the leaves. 

For my next card, I used an Ellen Hutson die in a 'unique' way...or at least I think it's unique...


I took an MFT Stitched Square die and cut a panel from white cardstock. Then I used that EH Skinny Stripes die and cut the center. Made a nice, striped square. Next though, I pulled a scrap of MFT black and white striped paper and fitted it behind. Quite the interesting pattern, I think. That's an MFT glasses die, and a SSS sentiment. Now I've got to run. You all have a wonderful weekend and...


Wednesday, February 27, 2019

I Have A Question For You...

Besides making cards and hanging out with the grands, I like to cook and bake. And after a nice conversation with Darnell about scalloped potatoes, I got to thinking. I wondered if people still "cooked" supper; you know, do people make home-cooked meals, or do we now just rely on take-out, delivery, subscription meals-in-a-box, and/or drive-through foods? So that's my question, and if you feel like you want to leave an answer in the comment box, feel free. If not, that's fine too. After all, it's just food for thought (hahahahahahahaha). Btw, I cook nearly every night. I can make practically anything and my baking is nothing to shake a stick at either -- just ask the grands and DH!

I don't have any food photos for you today, but I do have a couple of cards to show you. Let's have a look, shall we?

The first card will head off to Words 2 Craft By, and the second one will play along at Fusion and Simon Says Wednesday Challenge





Words 2 Craft By are asking us to contemplate 'love and random acts of kindness.' My card reflects the love I have for my friends. That's me on the far left hanging out with three ladies at a lake house... Don't know what life would be without them! Love them so much!!


I used a large Art Impression image, and worked on my Copic coloring. It's getting a bit better, but I have a long way to go. That's fine. I can monitor my progress in the coming months! The sentiment is from Altenew. 

My next card is just plain fun, if you ask me.


All the stamps are from Ellen Hutson. The dies are too, except for the rectangle which is MFT. I did a bit more Copic coloring here, and winked up the unicorn and rainbow, which you cannot tell. I found this chunk of patterned paper by Studio Calico, and believe it or not, the dots are the same color as the rectangle...they just look gray in the photograph. Go figure... I used the sketch and a bit of the photo for inspiration. Well, it's time to get supper going. I'm going to stuff a couple of pounded chicken breasts with some chopped bacon and cheese. We'll add a baked potato and some nice green veggies to round out the meal. Guess I'd better get cracking! You have a nice evening, and as always...


Saturday, February 23, 2019

College Hoops

I am so thankful for College Basketball. Hours and hours of hoops played on TV, with DH completely entranced by "his" teams. Let's see if I can remember a few of "his" teams. Well, there's Georgetown (got his Masters and PhD. there), Iowa, Iowa State, Wisconsin, Marquette, Gonzaga, Arizona, Arizona State...Today's games will keep him busy, and let me craft the day away in here!

I seemed to have been on a card making roll. Made a slew of them, and will show you three of them. Bear with me...

Card No. 1 will play at CAS(E) This Sketch, Card No. 2 will head off to SSS Wednesday Challenge and Freshly Made Sketches, and Card No. 3 will go over to Inspired By.





Still with me? Hope so... Sorry. I was compelled by otherworldly forces to make cards and post them here. I'm being held hostage in my craft room by my own creativity! Don't send help; send chocolate!


Found some greenish bluish paper in the scrap files, and went with it. Added some sequins, which in real life have more of that aqua cast to them, but photograph in the pink range. Go figure. The sentiment is from PTI.


I hit that scrap file again, and came up with this floral piece. LOVE it. Now I have to find more patterned paper...hahahahaha! The green paper is from SSS, and the sentiment is from Studio Calico. I have about 3 layers of thickerer cardstock so it sits nice and high. PTI rainstones. 


I used an old piece of MME paper cut with an Altenew frame die. SU newsprint paper. Paper Smooches leaves, a few pearls, and a PTI sentiment. I did use some ME Winter ink (oh how appropriate...) on the frame. But that's about it. 

As long as College hoops are on, I will continue to craft. Thanks for visiting, have a great weekend, and as always...