Friday, April 18, 2014


Back story:
As a "supportive" wife, I sometimes attend car shows with my husband.  This usually involves his car, some lawn chairs, and a book for me.  He and I walk around once together, look at all the cars.  Then I go back to our car, and read - while he goes around again, and again, and again - looking over all the cars in some detail, and talking to all the other motor heads.  
One summer evening we went to a car show by the beach.  One of my hub's friends showed up with his wife.  My book for that night was actually a Stampin Up catalog.  I had not yet met Karin.  But she was interested in learning about my stamping and scrapbooking hobby. 
Long story, short -- we started taking Scrapbook classes together; and have become good paper-crafting friends.  She makes the most amazing scrapbook pages -- all lace and layers. 
Karin occasionally buys double of things (so do I) and cleans out her craft room.  I sometimes get the benefit of this.  Yesterday, her hubby dropped of a bag of goodies -- which I used some of to create this card for her.  The paper and stamps were all from Karin. 
Card Information:
I used the Hero Arts large lotus background stamp, stamped with Versamark and clear embossed on the text paper.  Then I sponged distress inks over the clear embossing.  I cut this panel, and layered a piece of gray dot paper underneath. Then layered this onto the green paper.  I can't tell you any of the paper companies, as they were loose papers.  The circle and FRIENDS stamps are by Technique Tuesday.  I stamped the circle on acetate with Stazon and cut that out.  "Friends" was white embossed and layered onto the clear acetate.  Then added this with pop dots. 

I used the sketch from CASE this Sketch and the  flower burst from Runway Challenge
The colors are from Color Throwdown
And at A Blog Named Hero the challenge is to use layers or dimension on your card. 

Thanks so much for looking and taking the time to comment.  I learn so much from your comments -- about crafting, blogging, and about you!!  Thanks to Darnell's comment, I learned how to fix my contact information.  Thanks, Darnell! 

Leibster Award

I am so happy to honored by Linda of Lins craft corner for the Liebster Award.  You need to really check out her blog -- she has some GREAT CARDS creations!

Now, I've never heard about the Liebster Award.  Linda gives this information on her blog. 

"Basically, it is about paying it forward and giving honor to those who have taken the plunge in this world of blogland, have a small following, and maybe I have helped to give you some new visitors to your blog and thereby, giving you more opportunities to check out others and learn from them!   
You can read all about the Liebster Award Here. "

Here are the rules for the nomination:
1. Be sure to thank the blog that nominated you and be sure to link back to their blog.
2. Answer the questions that the blogger asked you.
3. Nominate 5 - 11 of your favorite blogs with under 200 followers and ask your own  questions.
4. Make sure to let each blogger know about your Liebster Blog nomination on their blog (leave a comment and link back to your Liebster Blog post).    

Linda has asked the following questions (and here are my answers):
  1. How long have you been making cards?  I started making cards in 2008 -- I have an old gallery on Splitcoast Stampers -- before that, I had been scrapbooking -- I believe that started about 2005. 
  2. When did you start blogging? I started blogging alamost 2 years ago -- summer 2012
  3. What are your favorite color combinations? I don't think I have a favorite.
  4. Who is your favorite Card Designer?  Jennifer McGuire - I love her cards and video tutorials.  I also love Susan Raihala at Simplicity.  I love her One-layer cards -- I am amazed at the simple beauty of her cards.
  5. What do you do with all of the cards you make? ummmm -- do I really have to admit this?  I do make many One-of-a-kind - for special people and events.  So I do send/give them.  But I also often make a second one of the same design and "stash" it. 
  6. What are your favorite kinds of stamps:  flowers, geometric symbols, backgrounds, etc? I don't really have a favorite -- Probably images (not flowers) if I had to pick --
  7. What style of cards do you make?  CAS, Layered, Shabby Chic, etc? I think my card style is layered -- I've been trying the one layer challenges -- then I usually cut the front off, shorten it a bit and layer it onto another card.  Sorry to all the great one-layer card -makers
  8. What challenges do you enter? A great variety -- sketches and color combos -- I am not choosey - I look for what sketch and colors fit the type of card I need to make for an upcoming event.  

I'd like to offer this award to the following card-making blogs.  Please take a look.  These ladies make some amazing cards!
1. Donna at Crafting by the Seashore
2. Carole at Caroles Creative Critters
3. Lucille at White Points
4. Traci at Depleting the Stash
5. Gabriela at Scrappy Gabby

If you choose to accept this award, feel free to answer these questions:

1. When and why did you start paper crafting?
2. Why did you start blogging?
3. What was your best or favorite blog post or card ?
4. If you could only follow 2-3 blogs, what would they be?
5. Are you as addicted to this hobby as I am?  (I could eat, sleep, and shop this hobby all day -- but alas, I have to work :)
6. What else would you like your followers to know about you or your craft?

And if you accept, please pass it along! 
Thanks so much for looking.  I love your comments, and am thrilled to have my loyal followers. 
Have a great Easter (for those of you celebrating)

Monday, April 14, 2014

Loss of Pet

My friend recently lost her furry family member.  This is for her and her family.  I know the colors are not your typical sympathy colors, but they are among her favorite colors. 

I am putting this onto the following challenges:
1. Addicted to CAS - Far Away - I thinks this qualifies as he is now "far away", but still close to their hearts.
2. Pal Paper Arts  - a color challenge:
3. Unscripted Sketches - I rotated the center panel a bit --

Supplies:  punches and sentiment: Paper Smooches; paper: Stampin Up

Thanks so much for looking.  It is a gorgeous Monday here on Long Island -- spring is finally trying to arrive!
I'd love it, if you follow me too.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Smokin Hot

Monday is my and hubby's 35th anniversary.  He is very into cars -- he has a hot rod in the garage, that is his pride and joy (second to me :) It is a very dark blue (hence the coloring on this card).
The car stamp is from Clear Art Stamps.  The "road" is from Stampin Up.  I'm not sure about the sentiment.  The flames is a mask from The Crafter's workshop - sponged with distress inks, and then spritzed with a glossy mist (which doe not show up in the photo, but looks really cool)
Here is a photo of the inside:
I am placing this in the following challenges:
1. Feeling Sketchy - which I rotated - so many pretty cards!
2. One Layer Simplicity - Road Trip - I love the work these folks create --
3. Addicted to Clean And Simple - Wheels -  another great site for lots of talented inspiration
4. Little Red Wagon - Make it Masculine - a new site for me -- one I plan to visit more often
5. Crafty Creations Challenge - a color : Blue and Yellow - gorgeous cards, in all styles
thanks so much for looking!  I am looking forward to a small get-away this weekend to the East End of Long Island, NY.  Can you say "shopping, wineries, and dinner with a view of the sun setting over LI Sound"  Woo Hoo!