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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Beauty In Flowers

Someone dear to me recently lost her Grandma.  They were very close so it is a sad sad time for her.  I made her this card to let her know I am thinking of her.  

The top section is a die from Top Dog called Madison Border Die.  My husband got it for me for Christmas.  It is a bit intricate and I was very disappointed  that all the little pieces were not cutting out.  I recently found a metal sheet at that has been amazing!  It is called "CottageCutz Universal Shim Plate Die Cut" found here.    Two passes through completely cut all the pieces out and all I had to do was to easily poke out about 5 pieces that stayed on the die cut.   I was so happy money was not wasted on a die!

After stamping the image and heat embossing the image with white, I filled the flowers with liquid glue.  I used two shades of pink flock and pressed it on the flowers.  After drying, I shook off the extra.  It gives it a nice 3D soft look.

Tomorrow it will go out in the mail to her. 

Submitting this creation to:
 The Outlawz Twisted Challenge-Anything Goes

Thank you for stopping by.  Have a great crafty evening!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Blooming With Memories

It is that time again.  The nursing home needs more Sympathy Cards.  I love making and donating the cards but it also saddens me that more of their members have passed.    On a good note, it was a very quiet season during all the holidays for the first time in years.  

I used a sketch to make this card for them.  Using a corner flower stamp in my Misti, I was able to get both corners stamped exactly in the same spot on all the cards.  I just stamped one corner and flipped the card over and stamped the other corner.  I may have said this before...and it won't be the the Misti, which can be found at My Sweet Petunia,  is the best tool ever!  It is perfect for speed stamping when you have a ton of cards to make of the same type.  

I roughly colored the flowers with Kimberly Watercolor Red pencil in the center.  A Blender Pen helped me to pull the colors out to the edge, leaving some areas white.  It is hard to see but the center has a drop of Black Diamond Stickles to give it just a hint of sparkle.  The butterfly is an EK punch.

I have submitted this to a SBR-US challenge to use black, white and red as the focal point.  

Thank you for stopping by!  I hope you have the best crafty day ever!

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Christmas Cards Keep on Coming..

One thing about making my own cards, is the Christmas card making can't end at the end of the Holiday season.  I have to constantly keep them going all year or I would never get them done in time. But Christmas cards are fun to make so I do not care at all!
Because I have to keep motivated, I joined a few challenges to help me.  

This one was a bit challenging.  I had to do use only card plus one layer and a sketch.  Here is the sketch I used to go with the one layer.

I am submitting this to three challenges:

1)  Facebook-Only Christmas Challenge
2)  50 Week Christmas Challenge
3)  Scrapbooks-R-Us Sketch Challenge

Thank you for stopping by and Happy Crafty Day!

Friday, January 8, 2016

Puppy Love

I got a digital image from Tiddly Inks that was just perfect as a Valentine card.   I printed the image twice on Georgia Pacific cardstock but only cut out and colored the heads on one.  The other image I colored the entire image using a mix of Spectrum Noir, Copic and Blick Studio.   I am trying to use up extra paper so I found some Paper Studio red glitter cardstock in my stash that was perfect for punching out the hearts and for the border.

After the card was all put together, I placed the heads upside down onto a soft mat and used a McGill 8mm stylus tool to rub carefully only on the areas of the snouts, bow, bowtie and little heart necklace to make them puff out.  Before I glued them down onto the images, I used favorite decoupage glue where I had just used the stylus tool because once dried, there was no way those areas would be pushed flat!

Here are a couple more photos.  I tried to get some good photos so you could see what it looks like puffed out.

This card went together pretty fast.  One down and 5 more to go!

I am entering this card into two challenges..
1)  The Outlawz-Twisted Thursday Challenge: Anything goes and the twist is to use a pet/animal on it.
2)  Danni's January Heart Challenge

Thank you for stopping! Feel free to leave comments...I love them!


Monday, January 4, 2016

Splitcoaststampers Card Sketch's 1, 2 and 3

I started working Splitcoaststampers sketches.  You can find the entire list on Splitcoaststampers card sketches page.  I got the 1st three done.  Not sure how far I will get but when I need some motivation, I can always turn to the sketches!  

The 1st two were done and mailed off at Christmas Time but I didn't get around to sharing them.  The 3rd sketch I did today...a birthday card for my stash.

#1 Sketch

#2 Sketch

#3 Sketch

Hope you have a crafty day!  Thanks for stopping by and checking out my creations.  


Sunday, January 3, 2016

The East Wind-Flag on the Play

Over at The East Wind blog, there is a challenge to use a banner, fishtail flag, bunting or a pennant shape on your creation.  I am using the image we received in the January 2016 newsletter.  If you want the freebie image...head over to The East Wind and sign up for their newsletter!

This is my card I am submitting to their challenge.

I printed the image out twice.  Once on just copy paper and the second on Georgia Pacific white cardstock.  I colored the image using markers on the cardstock.  The second image was to cut out and used as a mask on the image to protect it while I sponged on ink around it.    The ink I sponged on was Stampin Up ink colors Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron, Tempting Turquoise, Pacific Point, Not Quite Navy and Whisper White.  
Let it Snow banner was a die cut and stamp set from Marianne Design.  My creation was finished off with Star Dust Stickles to get snow to sparkle. 

My sister and keep motivated all year to get Christmas cards done..started our own weekly challenge for the next 50 weeks.  This week was Anything Goes.   

Thank you for stopping by!

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Outlawz Progressive Challenge

Happy New Year!!!

Today I made my 1st card for 2016.  It does not have anything inside.  Keeping it as a "just in case I need something quick" card.  

I decided to join the Outlawz Progressive Challenge.   Every month you get a free image emailed to you and due by the last day of the month.   This month the beautiful Cabbage Roses image came from Sandi Huggett at Sandi's Samples.  
I used Derwent Inktense Pencils to color the image and highlight the edge.  After I was all done, I colored over it with Twinkling H2O's Gold and the background was colored with Twinkling H2O's Sage.  The Spellbinders butterfly adorned the card front and the background was cut using Top Dog Die Modern Mosaic.  The twine was something I had for years and was happy I had the right matching colors.  

Here is a close-ups of the shimmering image and background.

I am also going to submit this to the Scrabooks-r-us group challenge # 85 Very Girly Creations.

Thank you for stopping by!