Saturday, July 16, 2016

As Long As DH Is Settled...

He's all tucked in watching the Cubs game, so I'll listen to it as I try to post a couple of cards. The summer heat is upon us, and we've had no rain for a couple of weeks other than a 30 second sprinkle the other day. Normally, I wouldn't water the grass, but since we're having Lizzy's high school graduation party here next month, I've been doing the back and side yards. It looks pretty green compared to the neighbors on both sides. Where I'm not watering, we've got crunchy grass. Looking forward to Fall's cooler weather. So that's what it's doing around here, and since it's too hot to work in the flower beds much, I'm "stuck" inside crafting. Awwwww...isn't that just a shame??!! (not)

So I have two cards to share. I'm getting better at either working on one card for days and days (DH needs my caregiving skills fairly often), or getting them done really, really fast. First up, is one that I've made for the Uniko Challenge, where the ever wonderful Carol is GD. I took the sketch from The Heart Desires second challenge, so I guess I'll pop it in there too!




And mine looks like this:


Oh I wish you could see this in real life! It really is pretty.... Those are SSS flower stamps and dies, and a PS leaf die. I watercolored the blooms with my Ziggies, and added a bit of Stickles to their centers. Some PTI rainstones and a strip of AC glitter ribbon which was white, but I sponged on some ME Ocean ink just because. The sentiment is an NBUS from Jane's Doodles. EZPZ lemon squeezy!

Next I have a card for Cas(E) This Sketch and Happy Little Stampers



I kept this card pretty CAS (at least compared to my last post...). 


More of that LF Guava cardstock for this, which I die cut using an MFT die, and tucked a journaling card (from that Archivers kit I bought) because it was so festive: falling confetti! A couple of strips of washi tape, and three yellow sequins finish it off. 

Guess I'd better stop now. Don't want to keep you too long or you may not want to come back! Have a wonderful weekend, and happy dances everyone!





35 comments:

~amy~ said...

Yay for crafting...I absolutely adore how you were inspired by The Heart Desires sketch. Your Ziggy blooms are beautiful!

Awesome happy birthday card...love the falling confetti!

Barb said...

Two lovely cards Bev. I particularly like the first. It really is beautiful. Barbxx

JD/ Jill said...

Both are pretty cards! I especially like the first one!

wienerhoneymooners said...

I love how you tell a story in your posts. I'm taking a break from cleaning to spend a few minutes with my MR. before I start up again..I am most likely the messiest crafter in the world..I have not quite learned the habit of putting away a project before starting 10 more..lol. We don't entertain, yet family will be here in a few days..and terror of terrors... I will have to clean the craft room too..It is cooler today in this neck of the woods, yay, as this Norwegian (descent) blooded gal is really not built for anything over 68. that really is my comfort level...So glad you are able to craft. I really need to craft this weekend.. hoping to make a sweet Bday card for a co=workers little girl that is having a mermaid themed party.. Wow, I had to buy a mermaid set, that is terrible (NOT!). I love the Neat & Tangled set and the half circle die with waves, so I got them -arrived yesterday..They sit here staring back at me wanting to be opened up. LOL. Bev, so grateful that you are a supporter and encourager of all, thanks so much for your kind words at the Virginia's View guest spot post, and in general you are always so VERY sweet! Thanks for joining in our personal challenge - the PNW crafters (my friends and I) at The Heart Desires!!! Hope to see you EVERY challenge!
HUGS
-Kimberly

Susanne Vargas said...

Wow, those pink flowers are gorgeous, as is the whole card! Still haven't used that set - shame on me!
And the confetti birthday card is loads of fun! You definitely haven't lost your touch!

lostinpaper said...

Both cards are so wonderful Bev, those flowers are PERFECT and the polkas within the negative die cut space will always make me happy!

I Card Everyone said...

There is absolutely NO chance of any of us NOT coming back ... more please? Those artful blooms have a permanent spot of my faves list, Bev ... love them in pink! I'm with Therese on the dots - they work every time!
=]

Petra Swart said...

Oh, WOW, two more great cards, Bev!!! My flower-lovin heart beats very fast looking at the stunning flowers you have coloured so beautifully!!! Love the colours you have worked with and the little raindrops are so lovely!!!! Awesome card!!! Love the second card with it's great CAS design!!!! Such fun confetti paper and blue and white washi!!!! The sequins add just the right amount of sparkle!!! Wonderfully done!!!
Hope the weather will cool down soon and you will have a bit of rain!!!! Over here it's cold with a definite winter chill in the air, but most days are sunny - love to sit knitting in the sun or in front of the fire!!!!
Have a great day!!!!
Hugz

Nora N. said...

Oh I am so happy that you are getting in to a routine. I tend to do things in shifts myself these days. Color something one day, cut it out another and then put together a card with the stuff I made whenever I can. (I always have a lot of "extras" to use later on if I need it!!) I love your card with the pretty pink blossoms. The pink you used is perfect. The second card with the die cut Happy Birthday is great take on the sketch. Loving your cards!!

Shelly said...

These are FABULOUS cards!! Love those bright pink flowers and your falling confetti!

sandie said...

I bet that first card does look amazing IRL as here it is stunning, love the colouring adm such pretty colours. The second one is a happy and cheerful card and a very cool take on the sketch xx

Bobby said...

Those SSS flowers are some of my favorite, Bev, and they look beautiful in the bright pink atop the aqua sparkle ribbon. Confetti (your polka dots) always say party to me so they look great behind the birthday die cut. I'm so glad you're getting some crafting time in.

Brenda said...

No rain here either Bev and my grass is turning brown and getting crunchy too. We had been pretty lucky for a good while with the rain, now all the rain is going around us. One day it will be back and then I will be mowing lots again. lol I don't mind, I like to mow. Glad you are getting some crafty time in with the heat and such. Love your first card, the flowers are simply gorgeous and I love the sketch as well. Your take on it is fabulous! Your second card is amazing as well, I so love the simplicity of the sketch and your card. It is fun and festive!! Hugs, Brenda

Kim Heggins said...

Miss Bev...both of your cards are fabulous but your first card is simply spectacular...just love the beautiful colors of your flowers, I am sure it is even more amazing in person, mind coming over so I can take a peek?
How nice that Mr. can sit and enjoy the ball game while you squeeze a few cards in.
Take care and sending lots of hugs and prayers.

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

Your flower card - out of this world!! LOVE it! Just gorgeous!

Rose said...

So good to see you were able to get some crafting time Bev. Your floral card is gorgeous! Beautiful colours & so bright & cheerful. Love the confetti peeking through the die-cut negative.

TK said...

Great to see that you're getting some time in your creative zone, and that your hubby doesn't need you every minute (loving kindness is good, but taking a break is good too)! Not likely that you would scare us away, it's just wonderful to see you as you can. Lovely card, and the flowers are just gorgeous!

Patti said...

Ooooh! Bev I'm loving these sweet cards! especially your masterfully colored flowers! Sometimes I just wanna hug my Zigs! : )

BIG (((Hugs)))
Patti

Aileen Ryan said...

Fantastic to hear that you are having some crafting time. Love both the cards but your first one, really the photo shows just how beautiful it is. The design and colours are wonderful.

Leigh Penner said...

I love those pretty flowers as well as your fun take on the sketch, Bev! Great cards!

Toni said...

oh, absolutely gorgeous! Your Zig-work kicks major crafting butt! Thanks for joining us at The Heart Desires challenge!

Toni

Geri said...

So nice to see you out and about in blog land!!! First card...OMG...absolutely stunning! Love the colors, love the felt and LOVE the depth you created . Second card - totally yummy cuz the polkie dotted 'happy birthday' reminds me of the cake candy sprinkles!! Love the peek of stripes too :)

Anita in France said...

Hahahaha, Bev ... not come back?? What ... anyone would have to be crazy not to come and enjoy all the delciousness here! So, talking of deliciousness ... those beautiful pink blooms tumbling down the ocean coloured shimmery border ... what a stunner ... gorgeous, gorgeous! Pretty polka dots peeking through the negative die cut sentiment ... I too was thinking sprinkles ... Geri got here first though! Anyway, it's just a delight! Hot hot hot here too ... 48C in the courtyard today (118F) ... phew!! It's not just the grass turning crunchy!! Sending big hugs, prayers and bisous, mon amie ... miss you! Anita :)

Stir Your Creativity said...

The flowers are fantastic they looks so amazing! What a great card.

Marybeth said...

I don't need to see that card in person to know that it's gorgeous ,vibrant and simply beautiful! Wow how I love that one Bev! Both are beautiful!!!
Glad to hear DH is giving you a break tonight;) it's hot here too, I went swimming with my GD at 9:30 am she couldn't wait to go in the pool and I don't put sunblock on her that early...my rule. Hope you get some rain. We could use it but never expect to get more than a day if any here in CA! Take care dear !

Lindsey said...

Love the bright colours of your flowers paired with the turquoise strip & also love the tiny detailed dotty background of your second card too x

Martha said...

WOW, Bev, that flower card is simply gorgeous. I love the pretty flowers & fabulous design. And, your second card is so fun. Love how you filled the sentiment with confetti. The washi tape is the perfect finishing touch.

OH, can I ever relate! We've had many HOT HOT days & in much need of rain!
Take care!

donna mikasa said...

Such wonderful cards, Bev! I love your take on the sketch and the fun confetti paper peeking through the die cut sentiment!

SARN said...

Your floral card really jumped out from the thumbnails at Uniko.
Love it.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Becca Cruger said...

Good golly that first beauty just took my breath right out of my lungs. Excuse me for one moment whilst I put it back again.
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Ok. whew. *Pant Pant Pant
Seriously elegant, stunning, serene, all the good adjectives go to this design! The dainty little pearl accents are the perfect finishing touch!

And I loooooove the fun play of polka dots in your second card. Keep up the good work, Miss Bev!

Marilyn said...

Oh Bev ... your flower card is a stunner ... the colors you've used are absolutely gorgeous. Thank you for taking the time to make comments on some of my posts ... greatly appreciate. You always seem so happy ... that is a perfect characteristic always and even more so when being a caregiver. Hugs, Marilyn

Jen Mitchell said...

It's been a dog's age since I've popped in for a visit and I'm so sorry about that. Your floral card is sooo beautiful. I have that stamp set and am always at a loss for how to color those flowers. I'm going to Pin this card so that I can study it and learn how to shade those blooms! Hugs!

Tonya Jastad said...

Those flowers are FANTASTIC! Thanks for playing with us at THD!

Susan Renshaw said...

Super CAS card!
Thank you for sharing with Happy Little Stampers!
Susan
Calling All Crafters! – My personal Blog!

Beverley said...

Two awesome cards, love your floral card especially. The colours, stamps and placement is beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing and joining in on the Uniko Challenge. My apologies for commenting SO late too. Hugs Bev x