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...