Monday, December 31, 2018

Happy (Almost) New Year

Well, here I am trying to sneak in one last post before 2019 rings in. Are you doing any celebrating? We're going all out...probably a bowl of popcorn, and bedtime by 10:00ish or so. I know, right?! DH and I are so wild, lol! When the kids were little, we would stay up playing games and drinking kiddie cocktails, and watch Dick Clark drop the ball on TV. We actually did go to a New Year's Eve party once...still made it home before midnight. Guess we're just not party animals. If you're going out tonight, please be safe; I want to see more of your cards in 2019!

I've been practicing coloring. Kara gave us a nice little tutorial when we were at the Lake House, and while my coloring will never be as incredible as hers, I have made improvements. Now I want you to stop right here and check out Kara's blog. Girl has crazy skills with a Copic! Here's the link to Kara's blog: MissDamnWhyCan'tIColorLikeHer????  Oh, and don't forget to come back, lol!! See...I was right, wasn't I??!!

I actually colored an image. Thought I'd play along at Time Out and SSS Wednesday Challenge

She cracks me up!

It looks a little dark, but we're getting RAIN right now. Though I guess rain is better than getting a foot of the 's-word!!' I first colored up my AI baker lady, and winked up her cupcakes. Then I found a perfectly sized sentiment from Studio Calico. In my scrap files I found a good sized chunk of that patterned paper, which just so happened to match her skirt and shirt! I like the way this turned out. She'll go to a friend who will appreciate her body type...And the cupcakes! Well, I'm about to get kicked out of my craft room. My amazing, incredible, hard-working cleaning lady is coming in to get it all ship-shape, so will close for now. Blessings to you in 2019!! As always...

Friday, December 7, 2018

I Have To Tell You This...

I have to tell you this, because he's funny. My dad. Good least he thinks he's funny, lol! His birthday is coming up on the 14th, and he'll be 89 years old, (I know, right?!). So for the past couple of months, he's been telling anyone who will listen that's he's 88 (true), but next year he'll be 90 (also true). It take most people a minute; "88, 90...Whatever happened to 89?" Then he laughs and says "My birthday is in December!!!" What a guy. And still going strong! So of course, I made him a birthday card.

This one turned out just the way I saw it in my head. Love it when that happens! It will go to play at C(ASE) This Sketch, and also at Addicted to Stamps.

Hope he likes it...

I started out with an aqua-greeny base. I found an old pad of 6x6 papers from MME, and die cut a WPlus9 circle, which I split for the "d's," and an MFT triangle for the "a." Popped the letters on a white strip and called it done.

And while I am here, how about another coffee card for Amy's Coffee Lovers Blog Hop? Okay! You are playing along, aren't you? You still have time to enter, so don't be shy; come play! 

I made this:

I had a scrap of that coffee paper left over from a few years back, and found it just in time for this hop. The base is not black, nor is the sentiment. They're really navy blue, but we have an overcast day and nothing is photographing the way I'd like it to...I don't remember who made the paper, but the "coffee" is from Verve, and the "& you" are from PTI. Pretty EZPZ! And now it's time for me to look at the bill pile. Ugh. I'd rather be making cards!! Have a wonderful weekend, and as always...

Sunday, December 2, 2018

And A Merry December To You!

The year sure has flown by, hasn't it?! I'm very curious to see what 2019 brings to us all; I personally, am hoping for no more heart troubles, and peace on earth of course! However, we're not quite done with 2018, and so I think I should write at least one more post and show you a couple more cards before we close out the year. Alrighty then, let's get to it, shall we?!

First up is a card that will play along at SSS Wednesday Challenge, where the prompt is 'anything goes.'

Here's what I made:

A pretty simple card really, except for gluing down all those little points and parts. Someday I'm going to invest in a Xyron machine just for things like this...(uh-huh...). A blue base, SSS snowflake die cut using glitter paper, and a Uniko sentiment. There really is some sparkle to it...

And I would be remiss, if I didn't play along with Amy's 2018 Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Bloghop. Thank you goes out to Amy and the Design Team for all the hard work involved in this hop. It's so much fun, and I hope to see you in the gallery too. 

My card looks like this:

I found a scrap of polka dotted snowflake paper and went with it. That's a MB die on the inside of the white panel and an MFT on the perimeter. A PTI coffee cup and die and a sentiment from a different PTI set. EZ and fun to make. See you all in the gallery!

Friday, November 30, 2018

Time Out and Tracey

I've got a couple of things to share this evening. The first one is a tag made for Tracey's 25 Days of Christmas Tags. I've been quickly peeking at the creations all along, but only found time and energy to make a tag today. I was inspired by tags which Zsofia Molnar made for Day 5. I'll show you her sweet tags:

Here's my tag:

No kitty on this tag, instead, I opted for snowflakes. The gingham is from MFT, the sentiment and the snowflakes are from LF, the box and the scalloped border are from ME, and the fishtail tag is from PPP. 

I'm also playing along at Time Out where we're to use black, white, and one other color.

Since I needed several masculine cards to fill the kids Christmas present boxes, I went with this design:

The stripes and the kraft are from my scrap files, and the bow tie is a Studio Calico stamp. Avery Elle sentiment. EZPZ. Seriously EZ. Might make more of this design....Anyway, I've got to go finish up in the kitchen so will catch you again soon. As always...

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Twofer Challenge #11

Can you believe it's November already?! Have you started getting ready for Thanksgiving yet? Do you host the dinner, or go somewhere? We host those of our children who can come, and invite friends and neighbors who are unable to go to their far-away families. I love cooking for this holiday most of all. This year, I will have to delegate more or I'll get yelled at (heart issues) by my family. I'm hoping some of those little ones can come a day early so we can all bake pies together. They've taken a vote, and decided that we need another flavor of pie, too. Lemon Meringue. Going with Pillsbury pie crusts this year to cut down on the work. There should be flour and sugar all over the kitchen by the end of pie day, lol! Here's a photo of the apprentice bakers from last year:

Aren't they adorable?!! The face on that little Avie...

However, it's the Twofer Challenge you've come here to see, isn't it? So let's get to that, shall we....

Chances are you still have a Thanksgiving or Christmas card to make, so here's a great prompt for you...And, if you play along, you'll be TWO cards ahead!! I had fun with this one:



I used a Memory Box wreath stamp and die set. For my first card, I stamped a full-sized panel, and colored the wreath with Copics. I added several small blings, and a strip of polka dotted paper. The sentiment is from Uniko. For my second card, I stamped the wreath onto a scrap of white and colored it with Copics. After die cutting it, I split the wreath and used it as garland on the blue base. The sentiment is from Neat & Tangled. Had to add a falling blossom just because. 

We'll be taking a break for the month of December, but check back on January 10th to see the first prompt of the New Year! Right now, head over to the Twofer Challenge blog so see what the rest of the DT and our Guest Designers have made... And after that, join in the fun!! Enjoy your Thanksgiving celebrations, and have a very Blessed Christmas! And always...

Saturday, November 3, 2018

More Normal

I must be getting back to a more normal me. I'm in the craft room, I'm commenting more, and I'm writing blog posts. DH is doing 'well-ish.' He'll never be 100%, but he's walking and doing things for himself again, so we'll take that! Did I tell you I got a cleaning lady? With the old ticker giving me the honking fits, I had to make some changes. Since finding Iryna, my house is clean, and she's given me more time to spend in here than on cleaning projects. Yippeeeee!!!!!! So I made some cards. Imagine that!! One is for the Inspired By Challenge, and the other is for CAS(E) This Sketch.

That soup looks delicious. Perfect cold weather food. I was inspired by the colors, the sprig of herbs, and the 'white space.'

I found this ancient piece of leafy patterned paper in my paper tower and went with it as I didn't have a white-ish woodgrain. The green polka dots are SU, and the orange cardstock is just scraps. I used an RC tag die, a few sequins, a Pinkfresh sprig, and the sentiment is a sticker from dear Darnell

My next card is nearly a one-layer card:

I started out with some Gina K. kraft. It's the best, I swear. I used a Stamp Market polka dot stamp with VersaMark and love the way it looks. I trimmed the panel down ever-so-slightly. The arrows are from C9, stamped in navy blue, and the sentiment is from HA stamped in red. EZPZ. Good for a fella, don't you think? Might make more similar to this to add to my pile....Anyway, hope you're having a great weekend, and as always...

Thursday, November 1, 2018

It's November Already

I know it's not just me; 2018 has really flown by, hasn't it?! Can't believe it's November already!! I have to say that I love November. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays and as much of my family gathers here as can. I've started shopping for the dinner, and we're hosting a big crew this year again. Including my 88 year-old dad. He's talked about how much fun he had with us last year, and particularly his great grandchildren, so he is more than excited to come this year and be entertained by all those little kids. Guess who's sitting at the kids table? Nope. Not my dad. Me!! I always try to sit with them and get the scoop on what they like best about the food. It varies widely, and is always funny to get their opinions. And I've got help this year cooking. The cardiologist says to reduce stress on my body, so my children and grandchildren will help cook. I think it's a good idea, as they'll get to know grandma's recipes for their own Thanksgivings in the future. I think I'll sit on the stool in the kitchen and just orchestrate everything! "It's good to be the queen!" Teeheehee.

How about a couple of cards for today? Okie dokie. Two cards, four challenges. This first card will head off to City Crafters and Addicted to Stamps and More.

Week 436 ~ Zig-a-Zag-Ah

My card looks like this:

I used a gray chevron patterned paper from MFT, and scraps for the rest. Those are MFT triangles, and a PTI sentiment. EZPZ.

Next, I'm playing at Time Out, and SSS Wednesday Challenge where it's Anything Goes.

I went for something very Fall-like.

Random scraps from my files make up the base and the frame. Those are LF stamps and dies and I colored them with Copics. Thanks to Kara, I've gotten a smidgen better at coloring. Coloring makes me happy. Apples make me happy. Making cards makes me happy. You make me happy. And as always...

Monday, October 29, 2018

I've Been Making Cards...

While I really have been making a few cards, most haven't made it to the 'photo-worthy' stage. Had one done on Saturday, took the photo(s), and all of the photos stunk. Finally, between last night and today, I've made a 'photo-worthy-post-worthy card.' About dern time too! Maybe Mr. Mojo has decided to wake up. We'll have to see... I'm playing along with Less Is More, where the recipe is:

Here's what I made:

Lots of white space with plenty of dimension. I have a white base, a white TE embossed panel, a white panel split with a LF die, and some PS die cut leaves. I added the RC sentiment in gray, and three white sequins. Turned out to be a fairly QACAS card. You all have a good week and hopefully, I'll be able to pop in for some commenting visits, too! As always...

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Two For A Sunday

It's a beautiful Sunday afternoon here, and while I'm waiting for the laundry to dry I thought I'd share a couple of cards with you. I found a challenge or two for each card, so I'm pretty tickled about that. First up is a Halloween card that will head off to play at the City Crafter Challenge, where the theme is "Halloween."

My card looks like this:

I'd tried something different, but as I was working on it, I decided I didn't like it, and this card came like a "ping" into my brain. While we were at the Lake House, Darnell showed us this technique. Shiny paper, alcohol inks and a bit of swirling created this. My whole paper looked (to my eyes) pretty ugly, but this particular section seemed fit for a pumpkin. The pumpkin is cut and embossed with a die from the stamp/die set Darnell gifted me, and the sentiment is from the same set.  I popped it up a bit, too. That's a NBUS frilly frame from Gina K., and a PPP scalloped die. I wish you could see this in person; it looks pretty cool, and I love the shine it has. 

This next card will visit both Freshly Made Sketches and CASology. You can see the sketch and the cue below:

Here's what my take looks like:

I started with a kraft base. The pears aren't stamps at all. They're dies from a WPlus9 set, and I thought I'd try something to see if it would work; I inked the pear dies with some brown ink before I cut them out, and hot diggity!, it did!! Then I used my Zigs to give them a nice pear color. That's a C9 sentiment, and a few gold sequins to finish the card. And since the dryer just buzzed off, I'd better get running so my clothes don't wrinkle. Hope your upcoming week is wonderful and as always...

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Unicorn Love

Personally, I think unicorns are sweet and magical, and just right for five-year-old birthday girls to love. And if paired them with rainbows, well... the girl is in heaven! My sweet little Avie turned five last month, and we sent (well, Amazon did anyway) her all things unicorns and rainbows. First she unwrapped her blue hoodie, in a cute rainbow-unicorn print. She did what most kids do when they get clothes as gifts...she tossed it over her shoulder and moved along to the fun stuff, lol!

Yep, that's it right there on the floor. She liked her headband much better! 
The card you're about to see isn't the one we sent for her birthday, but unicorns will always remind me of Avery, so I had to tell you this little story. Plus, a fun photo of this granddaughter will make you smile, I'll bet!

Here's what I made for the current Ellen Hutson Challenge. It's a sketch:

Here's my unicorn card:

All in pastels. The sentiment and unicorn are EH stamps, and the scalloped circle die is from MFT. All the panels are from my scrap drawer, and the sequins were a gift from Ardyth (thanks!). I colored the unicorn with Copics, and the horn was done with an ancient gold pen. The panels are popped up with fun foam. Pretty sure this is going to little Kaylin for her December birthday. And I'm pretty sure she'll love it! So there you have it, and I need to get on to doing bills (yuk). Or....maybe I'll do a little commenting! Yeah! That's the ticket! As always...

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Twofer Challenge #10

Cooler and more colorful days have arrived, and with them the October Twofer Challenge. I'll admit that I'm enjoying the crisp Fall air and everything about these wonderful days. While the Harvest Moon occurred on September 24th, the farmers in Wisconsin are still busy clearing their fields and orchards. A veritable cornucopia of corn, potatoes, apples, pears, pumpkins, and all things deliciously Fall. As you can probably guess, this month's prompt for the Twofer Challenge is:

After seeing so many of you in the gallery for September's challenge, I'm looking forward to what you create for this month's "Harvest" prompt!

I chose pumpkins. Here's a shot of both of my cards:

Ellen Hutson's baker lady is going to try her hand at making pumpkin pie from scratch. I have a recipe for that, and someday I'm going to buy 'pie-pumpkins' and give it a whirl. I'll bet it'd be fun! 

I found a piece of one of my favorite plaid papers in my scrap files and used a scalloped die from ME against a dark green base. EH baker lady stamp and die, and a NBUS pumpkin from Hello Bluebird. I watercolored the images. A HA sentiment finishes off this card. 

My second card uses scraps for the sky and 'lawn,' and the lawn is cut with an MFT grass die though you can only see a smidgen of that. And speaking of 'lawn,' the fence is a Lawn Fawn die! The sentiment is from the now defunct My Cute Stamps company, and that adorable owl as well as the pumpkins are NBUS from HB. I colored the pumpkins and the owl with Copics.

I'm so looking forward to seeing what you'll create! You will be joining us in the gallery, right?!! Good! Be sure to stop by and check out our Guest Designers' blogs and the rest of the Twofer Challenge's DT to see more spectacular 'Harvest' cards! As always...

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Trying to be Normal

I'm trying to be a little more "normal" these days. normal as I can be, lol!! Went to see my Electrophysiologist (a type of cardiologist) a couple of weeks ago, and while my heart has healed from my ablation, I've got something 'new and completely different' going on with my heart. Nothing serious, or so he says, but I'm wearing a heart monitor 24-7 for 30 days. It's mostly not bad, except at night when it drops off the bed. And I've hired a housekeeper. She cleans like I do and is as anal retentive as I am about those certain areas in the house. You know...those places that HAVE to be ultra super duper clean. *happy sigh* It's nice to know that I'm not the only one in the world who is 'slightly' crazy about those things. Behind the bar in the basement, well, who cares, right?! But kitchen sinks should sparkle....

Oh! You came here for cards, didn't you?! I've got a couple and will get right down to it, with much less chatter. I'm playing along with Sunday Stamps Challenge with this first one.

Love me some scallops...

I used my AE scalloped die for the wavy blue panel and trimmed the other papers with it too. Not sure about the wavy paper or the grass (cut with an MFT grass die),  but the little polkie dots are from LF. All the stamps, except the sentiment are from Hello Bluebird. Just sweet. And that sentiment is from A Muse Stamps. On to my second card...

This one will go to The Card Concept and SSS Wednesday Challenge

A bit of a ping and the card was made!

I went a little Clean and Layered for this card. Lots of white space. The stamps and matching dies are all from Ellen Hutson. All colored with Copics, and the Polaroid frame is a TE. And while you can't see it, the rainbow and unicorn are all spiffed up with a little Wink of Stella. This one makes me smile. Hope it makes you smile too. And I've got a million things to do, so I'm going to shut up now. As always, dear friends....