Sunday, November 24, 2013

Chester's First Birthday

I just came across a challenge website that encourages cards for children.  They accept donated cards, and give them to hospitals for the sick children in the hospital.
It is Send A Smile for Kids This card will not qualify for this challenge, but I will certainly be looking to the future to do some cards for this worthwhile cause.  Please take a look, and consider sending a smile to a kid. 

365 Cards That's a First -- Chester (our mischievous grand puppy) just turned one.  His "parents" had a party for him.  So this is for Chester -- it could, of course, be used for a real birthday too.

I used this sketch from Cardabilities :

I am also putting this on Addicted to CAS - The key word is "Pet".  While it is not really clean and simple, it is most definitely for a pet. 

Over at Sweet Stampin they are celebrating their 4th anniversary.  Check out the great cards there!

And at Wags n Whiskers they are looking at cards for kids.

The puppy stamp is from Inkadinkadoo -- it is actually a set for baby cards.  I colored him with copics, and added some flock to his ears. For real, he is a cute brown cock-a-poo with a white chest and toes. 

The papers are from Stampin Up.  I cut the die cut the balloon, added some crystal effects for shine.

In case you haven't met Chester, here is a pix of him this summer.  And the next shot is him helping me with my card-making.  You can see the results of his card-making help here: woyww-seriously


Thanks for looking!!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Welcome Little One

Several people at my job are expecting babies.  One for sure is a girl, another is a boy, and the other is unknown (yet).
I loved this sketch from the  SketchBook Saturday Challenge.  And I really liked this elephant stamp (from Inkadinkadoo).  The sentiment is from an older $1 stamp set. 
So to make him fit with the sketch, I flipped the sketch upside down, so the elephant could be sitting on the stripes.  I stamped the elephant on gray cardstock, and used some Copics to give him some more shading and color.  I paper-pieced parts of him to create a bit more interest. Cut him out, popped him up.  Added some enamel dots.
The diagonal striped border was made from DCWV papers.  I simply cut strips about 1/4 inch and glued them in place, letting the edges hang over the cardstock panel.  Then flip over the panel to trim off the edges.  I had seen Jennifer McGuire do it on her blog, but I can't find the link right now.   I used some of the Goosebumps spray on the background, and some glimmer mist too.
Here is a close up of each of the cards. 
Edited to enter these challenges:
Crafty Sentiments - to use blue
Cutie Pie Challenge- create a "cute" card for babies or adorable people
 Crafty Cardmakers  to use Paper Piecing
Squirrel and Fox - animal

These were great fun to make!!  And isn't that what it's all about?
Thanks for looking.  I hope you take the time to comment.

Vintage Car Birthday

This is for my hubby's birthday.  He has a 1937 Ford Cabriolet -- which is his hobby. 
I got this stamp from a vendor at a car show.  It is his car!   He loves it, when I use his car on his cards. I stamped the car on clear plastic, then on blue glitter paper from DCWV.  And then cut that out, and pieced it on top of the plastic.  His car is this great dark blue color.
The balloon is a die from Penny Black.

I used the sketch from  CAS(E) This Sketch and the colors from   Colour Q .  The papers are from a mix of companies - the colors are from My Mind's Eye, and the "road-like" blue may be from DCWV, with some more stamping on top, and Goosebumps texture spray.

Over at Seize the Birthday - add texture.  I used "Goosebumps" spray, for the first time.  And it won't be the last!  Like its name implies, it leaves raised bumps, with a hint of sparkle.  The paper almost feels like leather after it dries.  Really cool -- I will definitely be using this again. 
Thanks for looking. 

Monday, September 30, 2013

Retro Sketch x2


I love this sketch by Retro Sketches !!  It is just so very versatile!!  I hope to get to use this for some other cards this week.  It is so very easy!!  I made a template for the top piece, as it is not a right angle, but an obtuse angle (for all you math geeks, it is about 120 degrees)
I am putting the sympathy in a new to me challenge: Hobby Cutz which is to use lace and pearls. 
sympathy card:
pattern paper -- Provo craft (very old)
sentiment: PTI
lace - from a garage sale
pearls from Michaels
anniversary card:
pattern paper: DCWV - you can't tell from the pix, but the hearts are raised with a glossy finish
sentiment: ??
"enamel dots" are made with Viva D├ęcor pen
As always, thanks for looking.  I enjoy your comments.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Stamping Friends & LOTS of NBUS

I decided I just wanted to "play" with some things this weekend. The idea of this card has been rattling around in my head for a while. . .  but I never really committed to creating it - until now.
 I used the sketch from Freshly Made Sketch
and the colors from Pals Paper Arts . 
I used lots of NBUS (Never Been Used Stuff) as per Darnell for this card.
The image is from Inky Antics.  The outside sentiment is from There She Goes stamps, and the inside sentiment is from Whipper Snapper.  (all three are NBUS)
I sprayed the white cardstock with Glimmer Mist, and used a Tim Holtz splatter mask with some watercolor paint (which added the coffee ring stains).  Again, all NBUS. 
The pattern paper and ribbon are Stampin Up.  The cardstock is from PTI.
Here is a shot of the inside - the image in the bottom left is the bottom of the stamp from the front.
As always, thanks for looking, and your comments.  And welcome to all my stamping friends!!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

WOYWW - seriously!!!

As some of you know hubby and I are puppy-sitting our 9 month old cocker-poo while our son and daughter-in-law are on their honeymoon. 
So -- I had just finished my OLW card -- I wanted to add a bit of ribbon to finish it off -- and I had been working at my dining room table, watching TV, (and drinking a glass of wine).
side note: I don't have a TV in my craft room (yet), and hubby wasn't home - so the dining room it is.   
I went to my craft room to try to find the perfect ribbon -- I guess it took a bit longer to find than I thought . . . I should have known he was too quiet  . . .
After getting him away from the wine, I needed to see if anything else had "suffered"  . . .
Here is my OLW card:
I don't know if anyone else has experienced this -- but it was cute -- after I cleaned up!
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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Where Bloggers Create

Where Bloggers Create
I don't know how many of you have seen this site-- but it is AWESOME!!  Karen at My Desert Cottage is hosting peeks into crafters' work areas.  She has links to many other blogs (posts) that show various craft rooms, storage ideas, etc.  It is wonderful!! Scroll down her right-side-bar to find the logo.  Then begin clicking and looking!  Karen's blog itself, has many beautiful crafting / organizing ideas.

If you are coming here from Karen's website, here is the direct link to my scrap room tour - or you can just click on the tab above.
Have fun.  

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Paper Trey Ink July Blog Hop #1

For my niece's 19th birthday - which is tomorrow  . . . better late than never ? ?
Paper Trey - Fruits of Summer challenge offers all these yummy color palettes -- one more delicious than the next! 
I choose this color palette:
At Sunday Sketch and Stamp the challenge was open to choose any previous sketch.  I picked this one from the week previous - Carole's sketch:

Over at Seize the Birthday - "anything goes" as long as it's a birthday card.
cardstock: PTI
diecuts and birthday stamp: PTI
pattern paper: Echo Park
baker's twine
Up next -- same sketch, different color palette
Thanks for looking, more thanks for your comments, and following.
PS - my scrap room is done -- have you looked?
Have great day

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

WOYW-D Wednesday

Hi all,  I got your attention, didn't I??

I know this is not the usual thing you expect to see on    What's on Your Work Desk Wednesday?  
But, does a "hubby" count?  This wonderful man is doing the very last bit to finish my craft room!  It is a track light with adjustable spot-lights. 
The things on my desk are some buttons I am sorting, and work tools for the light.

My craft room is now done!!  If you haven't already peeked, please take a look at My Scrap Room Tour  tab above.  I absolutely LOVE IT!!  And it couldn't have happened without him.  Ahhhhh -- true love  :)  for the last 34 years.  What a man!!

Hope you are having a good day.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013


I usually make cards for a specific person or event.  But today I just made this for the fun.  The movie Turbo is coming out soon.  Snails are an inside family fun thing -- I collect them from my sister's garden to use in our terrariums at school. My sister wants to get rid of them from her garden.  My son's girlfriend collects chatz-kity (??)snails. 

Over at There She Goes Stamps the challenge is to make a card or project creating a scene using animals!  I once again used the Slow and Steady set from There she Goes stamps.  

To create "Turbo", I covered the eye before stamping. I colored the body on yellow paper and cut him out, then added some shading with color pencils.  I embossed him again with white on blue paper, then added some shading with blue color pencils; cut this out and adhered to the main image.  Some red smooch trim, googly eyes, hand-drawn smile, and crystal effects for shine and dimension finished him off.

I followed the sketch from Mojo Monday.  I tried to make it as if Turbo was at the finish line of a race.  I didn't add a sentiment yet -- this might make a good "congratulations" or "you did it" type of card. 
Thanks for looking -- hope you are having a winning day!

stamps: There She Goes (snail); unknown (swirl)
paper: clouds (Stampin Up); rest is unknown
flags: JoAnn's button

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Oh Happy Day

My older son's girlfriend loves snails -- mostly the collectible kind; not the living ones.  This is for her birthday.

I used the sketch from Seize the Birthday and the colors from CAS-Colours and Sketches
To me, this sketch just screamed for a transparent window, with the snail going across. When the card is closed, you see the snail going across the front.  And he (she?) is still there when you open the card.  Placing the inside sentiment was tricky.  I could have put something across the bottom-grassy area, but I'll save that for a handwritten sentiment.  
I used the stripe pattern paper to cover the various papers from the front -- and only now realize I should have continued the green across  - - - oh well -- next time ? ?
I am also putting this on There She Goes CASE a Trendsetter Challenge - I choose Kim O' card with the cutest zebra.  She used cut-outs for the clouds, and I used the circle cut-out; and we used the same paper pack. 
paper: PTI cardstock, Echo Park "Hello Summer"
stamps: snail- There She Goes; sentiment - unknown
acrylic - I cut out of some packaging
Spellbinders nestabilities for cutting the circles

Hope you are having a Happy Day and thank you for looking.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Happy Birthday (NBUS #4)

For the house-warming party I am having tomorrow -- many of the women attending are card-makers -- and they would probably love to be crafting more than partying -- or in reality they'd like to do both :)

So I thought I'd treat them to a "make and take"  -- I again used the colors from Color Throwdown ; and the sketch from Try Stamping on Tuesday but I rotated it.

I "kitted" this card in both the caribbean blue (seen here) and in the pink -- to offer my friends a choice (or make both!)  I'll try to get some pix of the gang and the cards they made. 

I can't believe I made 2 cards in one evening (more if you count the kits I made) -- hubby is at his car club meeting and I got to play!  woop woop!

Paper: cardstock - PTI; patterned paper: Bazzil
Stamp: by Judith
other: Spica pen, and stickles

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Gnome Sweet Gnome (NBUS #3)

I am have having a surprise house-warming (or re-warming) party for a friend who is finally moving back into her house after "Superstorm" Sandy (it was no longer technically a hurricane when she hit LI last October - but, boy the damage she did!). 
She is thrilled to be back home, but everything needs to be replaced.  She has the essentials (a bed!), but is realizing all the little things that are needed . . .

Here is a photo of the inside:
I used the colors from the Color Throwdown and the sketch from The Paper Players
 I think she will like it, and be surprised by the party!
Paper: cardstock: Marco's paper, pattern paper: My Mind's eye
Stamps: Gnome and outside sentiment: Recollections; inside sentiment: Gina K
other: Nestibilities; embellishments from Joann's
Now I have a question for Darnell and anyone else using their Never Been Used Stuff (NBUS):  How are you keeping "count" - is it by the stamp or by the card?  hmmmm - ah well -- I guess it doesn't really matter as long as we USE it!
As always, thanks for looking

Monday, June 24, 2013

Paper Trey Ink: Make It Monday 122 - Polka Dot Texture

This is for my niece's birthday -- she absolutely loves horses.  Her birthday is this week (nothing like waiting till the last minute).  So when I saw the Polka Dot Make it Monday at Paper Trey , I knew I had to make an appaloosa horse. 
I used the colors from the CAS Colours challenge and the sketch from Hand Stamped Sentiments :
I am also linking this card to Card Makin Mamas: On the Farm challenge and since many teenagers love horses (my niece started when she was about 10), I will link this to Addicted to CAS: teenager
I love summer vacation!!! 
thanks for looking
stamps: PTI
paper: PTI and core'dinations
ink: Stampin Up - -horse die cut, then colored with copics


Only One You

For my sister's birthday -- I used the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches which is such a nice sketch to make simple or complex.
The 2 Sisters Challenge is "Summer Fun" , and all of the stamps are NBUS (never been used stuff)  - term complements of Darnell - but she, of course, has her own unique way of spelling this :)

This is not my favorite work, but it will have to do -- as I did spend way too much time getting all the masking done.

  • stamps: fish ($1. stamps), birthday hat, and Only one You sentiment (S Up), Happy birthday sentiment (PTI), seaweed (StarvingArtist); school of fish (Dylusions)  -- all of these were NBUS
  • Paper, ink, and ribbon: PTI and S Up
Today is my first day of summer vacation.  Woo Hoo!
As always, thanks for looking!