Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Here's Hoping!

Here's hoping that there won't be too many more YKWs (migraines) in the near future. According to my neuro nurse, the weather has wreaked havoc on many of us, so I'm praying the low pressure centers go around us for a while. That's where I've kinda been. My crafting and commenting went by the wayside for a bit, but I'm really hoping that things have calmed down, and I can get back to normal.

Thanks for all your kind words about my little darling grandkids. It was a blast having them here, and I wish we all lived closer together!

I have a card for a few challenges. I saw a new-to-me challenge courtesy of Carol, and decided I might try to play there. It's called, Cards In Envy. Go check it out! And while I'm at it, the anything goes theme at SSS Wednesday Challenge seemed like a good idea, too! It went together really quickly, and I like how it turned out very much. The inspiration is from the current Muse Challenge; a Kay Miller card:

Share Our Badge!

I didn't have that pretty cityscape, but used something linear from my stash. I was also inspired by the bouquet and the sequins.

The leaves and flowers are from Altenew, and the sentiment and stripes are from Avery Elle. I used various inks, including ME and Fresh Ink. The sequins were gifted to my by Ardyth. And that's all it took. EZPZ lemon squeezy!! Have a good evening, and 

Friday, April 21, 2017

Cards and Kids

Just let me know if you're tired of hearing about my grandchildren. I promise to try not to bore you with too many stories or photos, but not today. I've got some pix to share from Easter weekend, and a couple of cards too. Hmmm...what shall we look at first? Cards or kids? Let's do kids. That way, for those of you who want to skip those, you can scroll down to the photos of the cards.

Up first are three from Saturday night. It was funny. The four little girls went upstairs to make towns with a jar of flowers and used all the hot wheels/matchbox cars to 'travel' from one town to the next. The boys decided to make cards with grammy. First up is the youngest of the boys, Drew. My ginger-haired darling child.

It's a little blurry, but so were grandma's eyes by this time. Don't you just love that tongue hanging out? He's a wonderful child.

Next up is Drew's brother, Grant. He has green eyes just like his grandma.

Love this boy, too. He's ten and really got into card making. I think we could have gone on for hours, except parents made us stop for bedtime... Go figure!

The last of the boys, is Carter. I couldn't get him to look up for his photo. "Grammy, I need to get this done." He's one of the sweetest boys in the world.

See that notebook on the table? Well, Mr. Carter made a card sketch, without any prompting from me mind you, so he'd know exactly what to do. Turned out just like he wanted. Adorable!

Sunday morning we had an Easter egg hunt. I didn't have enough baskets for them all, so I decorated some white paper bags with their names and such, and after their parents hid all the eggs, it was pure (and delightful) chaos! 

They are arranged in chronological order; Avie, 3; Kaylin, 5; Drew, 7; Samantha, 7; Lily, 9; Carter, 10; and Grant, 10. 

And last, I promise, is one blurry one of me with them all.

Who knew that I could fall so madly and deeply in love with so many little ones? I am so very blessed! Sure hope that at some point we can get all twenty together! Yikes!

Now. Cards. Will keep the rest of this short, not list ingredients, but if you want any info, do email me, and I'll be happy to answer any questions.

My first card goes to The Heart Desires challenge. Another amazing mood board, and I think you can tell what I was drawn to:

Any my card (finally!)

My second card is heading off to both Fusion (I just used the sketch here) and to CAS(E) This Sketch:

Mine looks like this:

And as promised, I'll stop now. Have a great weekend and 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Post Easter Catching Up

My Easter weekend was beyond wonderful. Far, far above and beyond wonderful. Two of my sons were here beginning Thursday, and our in-town daughter and family came for brunch on Saturday as well. Ten grandchildren in the house. Oh I could go on and on, telling you story after story, but I won't keep you that long. Okay... you know me... maybe just one story... Little Avie, at three, is precocious. And funny, especially when she's trying to be serious. We were talking with the neighbors, Stacey and Michael, on Saturday before supper. All the kids were running around in their yard. Avie runs up and just starts chatting up Stacey. Stacey asked Avie how old she was... "Welllll..." she says, "I'm 23 when I stand on my tippy toes, and 10 when I stand on my feet." I about lost it laughing at this child. So who wants to come to the next gathering?!

I do have a card. Only one for today, as I need to finish vacuuming up the beach that somehow managed to find its way into my whole house. (I don't mind really....) Loll and the DT over at the CAS Watercolor Challenge have a color combination that I've been in love with forever. I made my card a week or so before company came, knowing the deadline would allow me to post this after the holiday weekend.

I tried to keep this as CAS as I could.

I watercolored the Altenew peony images with my Zigs. The sentiment is from Avery Elle. The creamy panel has some grayish stylized printing on it. I used a green base. And that's all. I'm going to run. But I will leave you with one more photo. It's of the hallway by the backdoor.

There are more shoes under that little bench, and still more in the kitchen. We had a few people over that day! I'll show you a photo of those little ones next time I post (unless I get a bad case of doo-doo brains). As always,

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Tick, tick, tick...

So time is just tick, tick, ticking by so quickly these days! One week until Maundy Thursday, which happens to be the same day that the first of our company arrives. The upstairs bedrooms are clean and only one bed will need sheets washed before then. I'm slowly going through the house so all I have to do towards the end, is clean the bathroom and dust and vacuum a bit. More company comes on Good Friday, and we're celebrating Easter on Saturday to allow for those who need to travel on Sunday after church. There will be at least 8 little ones in the house!!! I can hardly wait!!!!!! Wish you could be here too.

I've got one card today, but as it happens, it will play in two challenges. Anita Bowden over at Muse provided the inspiration, and since it has stars, it can also visit Time Out.

I tested out some new vellum tape on this and so far, I like it! Yay!! I think you can see which elements I've chosen to play with: the embossing, the small rectangle, the colors, and the vellum strip.

All of the papers are from my scrap files. The wonky cake stamp is from Jane's Doodles, and the stars are from Altenew. The SSS hb was stamped in black and embossed in clear so as not to smear it. My coloring was done with Copics. One MFT die. Have a wonderful day. And as always...
(ETA:  At the suggestion of both Shelly and Judy, I will add this to CASology as well, where the cue card this week is "icing." Thanks, ladies!!)

Saturday, April 1, 2017

No April Fool's Joke Here!!

I'll just jump in and out quickly...or as quickly as I can. You're probably tired of hearing about my family, but I wanted to toot my granddaughter Melissa's horn today. She's published. In a real magazine. We got a copy of the magazine in the mail yesterday, and it's also online! You can see her article at Curb!! So very proud of her...Brilliant child. She graduates from UW-Madison next month. I wish you could all meet her; she's a lovely, caring, smart person. Just love her!! (Love all my grandchildren, but this is "her" post...) Naturally I made a card.

CASology's cue card is 'text.' How perfect for a card for a published journalist!!! Found a fun paper and the proper sentiment.

My card looks like this:

She'll appreciate the colors; it's not too girly. Hope you can see the little keyboard emojis; thought this paper from Pebbles was appropriate for her card, and not too busy overall. Cut the SSS 'congrats' out of a blue scrap and inlaid it in a white panel. And that's all for me. See you again soon, and...

I'm Pregnant

April Fool's!!! When my kids were little, I used to pull that "joke" every year. And every year they fell for it. Once they got a little older, one of the boys said to me, "mom, can't you come up with anything even slightly believable??" Smarty pants kids! Wonder if I should text them today with that same old, tired AF joke.... I can just hear the snorts now.... Well, I am in the mood for a little tomfoolery today. And thanks to the effervescent, ever-funny, ever sweet Darnell, I can call tom, and we can gather our foolery and boo-boo cards, and laugh and laugh and laugh. Her super fun/funny hop starts today, and I most definitely wanted to play along! So should you! You know you've got that card (or two, or several) that you've been planning on taking apart to remake in your stash...why not share it, and we'll all feel a little better knowing that we all make some boo-boo cards. I'm just pulling my most recent boo-boo, which I didn't even finish. It's, well, UGH. As in UGH-ly. Butt ugly. But it made me laugh because it's so bad. Wait till you see...

Coming April 1-11, 2017

Now. Miss Darling Darnell is up as GD over at Tag You're It. And I soooo badly wanted to play. And my goofy brain said, "yeah!!, let's use our NBUS stars stamp!!" Brain held me hostage, and at gunpoint, (I swear it was a pink glock 9mil) brain forced me to make this...

Woof. Retch. Blech. Smeared stars. Horribly bad uneven blending. And my red turned into hotish pink. And then there were my choices of critter... Brain refused to entertain any other kind of critter. It was bunny or death. Sorry brain. I choose death (or pregnancy, whichever comes first...) Are you gagging yet? Ewwwwwwww!!!!! I kept the critters; it's not their fault, after all. But skanky tag made it only as far as the recycle bin. Shiver! Brain is pouting, but I think I can bribe it with a little more coffee and get it making something else. 

I've got one more card, and while there are no boo-boos in it, (except in the photography) it does contain an NBUS stamp. I will pop this into the Ellen Hutson March Pin-Sights Challenge, as well. It's green.


I chose my greens based on that parasol, as well as the color of the trees in the background. It's for a confirmation.

I did try to correct the really IS green, not yellowish. I did some light blending with GREEN ink on my card base, and then added the NBUS C9 Stamp. The cross has a goldish cast, but retains a light brown color too. Looks better irl. I wanted the message of 'faith' to be the focal point, so kept it very CAS. And that's all for today. As always...

Friday, March 31, 2017

One Last Coffee Card...

I'd planned on one card for the Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop, but as it turned out, I ended up making three, including the one you'll see in a minute. I knew I wanted to make a card for CASEing the DT #11, and thought it might work for the SCLBH too. Since I know that the Superstar commenters are feverishly typing comments, I won't make this post very long. Let's get to it, shall we?!

(For some reason, the links are broken at CASEing the DT, and I can't show you either the banner, or the inspiration card by Andreea Raghina. Sorry. But do click on the link in the text and visit!)

Here's my card:

I watercolored a panel and built my little 'scene.' An EH cup and sentiment, a frame from a scrap of striped paper I made the other day on my Silhouette, and cut with a TE polaroid frame twice. The heart is a LF wood veneer that I added some gold to, some gold splatters, and a little bit of twine finish this. That's it for me, and...

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Don't Want to Jinx It...

...So I'm not going to say that those things that hurt my head have taken their leave for a little while, but they are much better, and thank you for your kind wishes. I am just dashing in today with a couple of cards. One is for Muse, and the other is for CASology and Simon Says Wednesday Challenge.

This first card is my take on Guest Designer SonjaK's card at Muse. And all I can say is WOW.

Amazing colors. It's really, really lovely. Mine has a bit more purple and I was inspired by the large hydrangea.

While the bordering panel shows up as black in the photo, it's really a rich green, in the same tone as the stem of the flower, but darker. I made several of these panels while we were at the Lake House in October, and the stamps could be Darnell's, Anita's, Kim's, or Ardyths...I can't recall, sorry. I watercolored them with Zigs, and added some veining with a colored pencil.

My next card will visit Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, where it's "anything goes," and then to CASology.


I used a TE polaroid die to cut the frame. The stripes were created on my Silhouette. The interior panel is just a leftover scrap from a My Mind's Eye, On Trend 2 kit. The 'text' is from Avery Elle, and I added three green sequins just for good measure. And I need to get a few more things done, so will end here for today. As always,

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Doubling Down

It's been an "interesting" day. And not happily so. Day four of migraines. Just wanted you to know that in case this post turns out really weird. While I was writing and editing yesterday's post, an idea popped into my brain for a card using the same two challenges; Muse, and the Spring 2017 Coffee Lovers Bloghop. I'd expound more on each of these two wonderful challenges, but my brain isn't functioning as well as it should. Sorry about that. What I can say, is that they're terribly fun! Do consider joining me at both! Once again, it was Jenni's card that really inspired me. Her card makes my heart happy:

I just love Jenni's card!

And my card:

The pink gingham is from my scrap files, as is the black card stock. All stamps are from PTI, as is the cup die, and that's an AE bow. Those cupped flower-shaped pink sequins are from Paper Sweeties, and there are green sequins under the outer two in my feeble attempt to add a teensy bit of another Springtime color, and to give the impression of leaves. It's a good thing that this was not terribly difficult to make, lol! Since I can feel my brain draining onto the floor, I'm heading off now. Hope you're enjoying your weekend, and as always,

Friday, March 24, 2017

Spring Coffee Lovers Bloghop

It's that time of year when Amy and the incredible Design Team at the Coffee Lovers Papercrafters,  have a fabulous blog hop, or as I like to think of it, extravaganza. These fabulous hops come once a season, and just in case you haven't heard of this (which I can't believe), or haven't checked it out, I urge you to do so. The array of cards and projects is both amazing and considerable. Go. Check it out. Leave some comments. Make a card. Maybe even win a prize! Oh...and have a cuppa!!

I made a little card for my incredibly talented, intelligent, beautiful, kind, and wonderful granddaughter, Melissa. She's a senior at the University of Wisconsin in the Journalism School. This girl was chosen as Wisconsin's only representative for the National Newspaper Association Foundation Washington News Fellow - Wisconsin Chapter. She spent time in D.C. interviewing members of Congress, and learning about a Supreme Court current case under review. Along with seven other college students, her job was to research, write, and submit a story for publication (the story is due in early April), based on the court case. She got home Tuesday, and stopped over to visit us old folks on her Spring break. We're so proud of her. Sure wish you could all meet this amazing young woman! Who knows, maybe someday soon you'll see her work...! 

Oh yeah... Card!
She's not a girly-girl, so I went with some Springtime blues and greens:

Springish, I think. The base is a very old piece of SU, either Ballet or Brocade blue. The stripes and polka dots are old as well, found in my scrap drawer, and just the colors I wanted. I used both an image file, and a font file from Silhouette and rather than cut them, I printed them and used an MFT die for the square. And one LF wood veneer heart. 

I've also made a card for the current challenge at Muse. As soon as I saw Jenni's card, I knew exactly which stamp set to use! Here' Jenni's card:

I went with the theme and colors:

All the stamps are from Newton's Nook colored with Copics. A scrap of white, pink, and pink gingham. Don't you just love baby cards?! Heading off...have a great weekend! As always...

Monday, March 20, 2017

Happy Spring

It really feels like the first day of Spring. The sun has been shining all day, and the big snow that we got last week is nearly gone, YAY!! Perfect way to start out the week. So how was your first Monday in Springtime? If yours was as lovely as mine was, then you've had a good start to the week and the season!

I've only one card to share today, but it will make visits at two challenges. Firstly, this card will pay a second visit to The Heart Desires. You can see my first card here, but I couldn't get that mood board out of my head. Decided to try the inspiration colors for my next card. But I needed a design. I've visited this blog, Kool Kitty Musings, owned by Nat, and it's definitely a very cool place to stop. You can see just how Nat's card inspired me. I'll also be playing along at The Flower Challenge. Hope you can stand one more watercolored flower!

This is Nat's card:

70th Birthday Wishes - 2016-01-03 

I sure hope I did it justice! Isn't it just gorgeous??!! Chock full of sweetness! Mine looks like this:

Naturally, I've put my own spin on Nat's card, but I couldn't get those polka dots out of my head. I dug through every 6x6 tablet, all my scraps, and every single piece of 12x12 paper looking for a blue polka dotted piece. I did have some, just not the exact color or size I wanted. So I made my own on my Silhouette. A TE polaroid die, a SC 'birthday' die, and an EH stamp and die which I watercolored. A pink scrap, some pretty gold and white vellum (thanks, Geri!!), and if you look really closely between the flower and the 'birthday,' you'll see a teeny-tiny, itsy-bitsy 'happy.' It's also from Studio Calico, and I stamped that in gold. I'm going to run for now, but will be thinking of you all. As always,