Monday, March 20, 2017

Happy Spring

It really feels like the first day of Spring. The sun has been shining all day, and the big snow that we got last week is nearly gone, YAY!! Perfect way to start out the week. So how was your first Monday in Springtime? If yours was as lovely as mine was, then you've had a good start to the week and the season!

I've only one card to share today, but it will make visits at two challenges. Firstly, this card will pay a second visit to The Heart Desires. You can see my first card here, but I couldn't get that mood board out of my head. Decided to try the inspiration colors for my next card. But I needed a design. I've visited this blog, Kool Kitty Musings, owned by Nat, and it's definitely a very cool place to stop. You can see just how Nat's card inspired me. I'll also be playing along at The Flower Challenge. Hope you can stand one more watercolored flower!




This is Nat's card:

70th Birthday Wishes - 2016-01-03 

I sure hope I did it justice! Isn't it just gorgeous??!! Chock full of sweetness! Mine looks like this:


Naturally, I've put my own spin on Nat's card, but I couldn't get those polka dots out of my head. I dug through every 6x6 tablet, all my scraps, and every single piece of 12x12 paper looking for a blue polka dotted piece. I did have some, just not the exact color or size I wanted. So I made my own on my Silhouette. A TE polaroid die, a SC 'birthday' die, and an EH stamp and die which I watercolored. A pink scrap, some pretty gold and white vellum (thanks, Geri!!), and if you look really closely between the flower and the 'birthday,' you'll see a teeny-tiny, itsy-bitsy 'happy.' It's also from Studio Calico, and I stamped that in gold. I'm going to run for now, but will be thinking of you all. As always,


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Snow

So we are, by calendar, about a week away from Spring. I had daffodils and tulips coming up, there was no snow on the ground, and there was not even one dirty, gray pile of hard, filthy snow in any parking lot. But Monday and Tuesday didn't care.... We got 7" on Monday, then yesterday we got what is known as, Lake Effect snow. Nearly 21 inches.... I don't shovel anymore. My driveway can fit about seven cars, one in front of the other, and I have a decent length of sidewalk in front of and leading up to the house. I did the whole thing once about 15 years ago and after that, I decided that it was worth the money to hire someone to do that kind of work. So instead of even attempting to go out, I thought I'd have a much more productive day in my craft room. It was way more fun than shoveling, too!

My first card will play along at CASology and CAS Colours and Sketches

 


My card looks like this:


Pretty sure you can see both the foliage and the sketch, though I did take a little liberty with the sentiment strip. Those are MFT leaves, stamped in Winter ME ink, then heat embossed in silver. A Verve sentiment on a strip of vellum (which looks way more blue for whatever reason...). I cut a circle out of my panel and added an MFT 'ring' to frame it. The leaves are stamped on the base. 

Next I've made a pretty little tag for the current challenge at Tag You're It. Marion Vagg created this beauty, and while I knew I couldn't CASE this, I knew that there was tons of inspiration here. Take a look:


Isn't that just pretty and delicate? Mine's a bit different:


See that string at the top? Well, that's much closer to the color of the tag. I have no idea why the blue is way more vivid in the photograph. The swirl die is from MFT. The vellum leaves are from Poppystamps. The tags are from Studio Calico. Maria Fischer sent me the bird a long time ago, and I've been hoarding it. Finally, it comes out to play! And I've got to go down and throw another load in the washer and then fix a salad for lunch. So I'll leave you all. As always...


Saturday, March 11, 2017

Card Heavy Post

So I won't chatter one little bit. I'll get right to the cards, as I have four of them for today. 

Let's start with my grandson's birthday card, which is heading over to the current Time Out Challenge where they're celebrating their third birthday. If you haven't, go wish them a 'happy birthday' and play along!



Did I mention they're offering prizes? You can tell by the above banner! The theme is:
Love and/or Friendship with the optional technique twist of spotlight stamping.

Naturally, I love little Drew to the moon and back. Can't believe he's seven already!!


It's not very little boy, but he'll like the colors and better yet, the present that accompany's it! I didn't have a number stamp that would work with my idea, so I generated the whole card, except for the MFT frame, on my Silhouette. EZPZ lemon squeezy.

Next card is going to Freshly Made Sketches and City Crafters Challenge. It's "Tutti Frutti" at CCC.




Here's my card:


The little cherry from AE was feeling neglected, so I pulled her out! I made the red gingham on my Silhouette, cut a white circle with my WPlus9 die, and popped the little sweetie up next to the AE sentiment. Then a scrap of red and three white sequins. Still pretty EZPZ.

(Still with me?) (Hope so!)

Next I've got a card for two more challenges. Color Throwdown, and the CAS Mix-Up Challenge.





Smooshing. Very scary for me, as I'm not big on 'messy' techniques. I calmed my fears by using a big piece of Saran wrap on my counter. Take a peek:


Now the color looks goofy here, but they really do match the CT colors pretty well. I smooshed some LF Celery Stick dye ink onto the Saran wrap and sprayed a smidgen of water. Then I just laid my cardstock chunk on top of it and smooshed away. Oh. My. Gosh!! It worked even better than I'd hoped!! And no mess! Once it dried, I cut a section with an AE die, added some AE bitty hearts, and a Savvy 'hello,' and some clear sequins. 

And last, but not least, I've got a card for The Heart Desires challenge. This card took top honors, thank you sooooo much, and since I fell in love with the current Mood Board, I had to play along!


This small photo doesn't do it justice. Please head over and see all the wonder in a larger format, as well as all the gorgeous cards by the DT! For my card, I concentrated on the top and bottom left photos. 


I wish you could see this in person; it's much prettier irl... Since we have been recycling some old books, I found the maps there and thought, "why not?!" I cut a world map panel and punched some hearts with other maps. That's an MFT die, and a Studio Calico sentiment heat embossed in gold. Still EZPZ, but (if you don't mind me saying so) I love this card. And because this was so full of cards and photos, I'll stop for today. As always, 


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Sorry...

For some reason, this past week has been weirdly busy. It seems every time I try to sit down in my craft room, something comes up. Nothing big. And we're okay health-wise, but all those little things that have to be done right this minute keep cropping up, and then it's on to another 'thing.' Those 'things' are beginning to get on my last nerve, however. I just want to craft, visit your blogs, and make cards! *sigh* Life. It really isn't all about me, is it? So I apologize for my absence. I got up extra early this morning, so I could get a few 'things' done and then put everything else on the back burner so I could play a little.

At first when I saw Anita's card over at Muse, I was sure that nothing would come to mind. I don't have a single cone flower stamp, and I wasn't sure if I had anything even close. So I shut the tab and moved on. But my brain was cooking, and unbeknownst to me, it planned a card all out by its own darn self. My brain waited until I was working on another card idea, then went, "PING." We argued. I didn't think this idea was anywhere close to Anita's card. Brain said that her card was meant to be a muse, as in inspiration, and if I didn't post this one, that would be the last idea it would share for the rest of the week. *sigh* I gave in. Obviously brain went with flowers and colors. And don't tell brain I said this, but in real life, it's kinda pretty....


My brain's card:


The tag was a RAK from Amy T. The flowers are a sort of NBUS from MFT, and the sentiment is from AE. There's a bit of gold heat embossing, and a few sequins (which really do match the orange flower centers...), and that's about it. Popped up two flowers just for funsies. And I've got to get back to doing a few more things. DH needs to get out of the house, so I dreamed up a few errands for us. You all have a great day, and as always...


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Ash Wednesday

Since it's Ash Wednesday, and I have quite a bit to do before I head to church tonight, I'll keep this short. Only one project and one challenge. It's a tag, and I'm going to play along at Tag You're It. Maureen Merritt has a fun, flowery tag which I practically CASEd.


Had to photograph it on my kitchen counter as we're overcast today, and the light (such as it is) was better there. 


The tag is from RC and I cut the bottom with a ME scalloped border. LF and HA greenery, LF and HA flowers, then the popped up bigger blooms are dies from WPlus9. I inked the paper, die cut them, and added some white dotty centers with a gel pen. Lots of inks. Then just a bit of twine and done. Oh, and a Jane's Doodles sentiment. So if I want to get anything done, I've got to run. As always...


Sunday, February 26, 2017

Score...

...or lack thereof. Now I think this is funny. You may not, but from the moment that I thought of this, and then made it, I've been cracking myself up. DH has a colleague/friend who teaches out at Santa Clara University. She is an alumni of Gonzaga University, however, and is still a fan of their sports teams. This year, the "Zags" mens basketball team has gone undefeated. Until yesterday. They didn't "score" enough points to win their game against BYU. When I found that out this afternoon, I said to DH, "I should make her a sympathy card." Then the most giant of pings went off in my brain.... Wait till you see....

This (crack-me-up) card is off to play along with CASology, where the cue card is:

 

Or in this case, as previously mentioned, the lack thereof...


Really, they're the Gonzaga Bulldogs. Hence the cut file found in the Silhouette store. Some Jeni Bowlin for Ranger blue ink on a HA stamp complete this very tongue in cheek CAS card. Now maybe I'm just weird (ok, ok, no maybe about it), but I'm still laughing. Do you get it? Let me know...
Now, if the DT doesn't think this qualifies, it should come down, but I'll still laugh at it. As always, 



Saturday, February 25, 2017

One Plus One

My plans to get some deep house cleaning done today were shot to h-e-double-hockey-sticks at 4:45 this morning. I woke up with a migraine, and in the hopes that I was just dreaming, or should I say having a nightmare, I went back to sleep. Until 5:18. Ugh. Hauled my rather large booty out of bed and grabbed my rescue meds. Between my body fighting to feel better, and the draining effects of the meds, I have practically zero energy. Only enough to craft a bit. It's a good thing that DH has some leftover steak (a rare treat) from supper last night, so I don't even have to try to cook something without burning it, lol. On to the cards...

I have two cards to share today. I hope I had enough focus to make them look decent, but you'll have to tell me if they're alright. My brain is still fuzzy. For this first one, I will be playing along at the City Crafters Blog, as well as Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge. It's "A Few Stitches" at CCB, and "Anything Goes" at SSSWC.

My card:



The stitches came with the Wonky die from MFT. The image is a stencil created with a cut file from Silhouette. Lots and lots of inks. One red scrap adhered to the base. The way the stitches look, they remind me of crepe-paper twisted and hung, don't they? Or is my brain still waaay too fuzzy?!

The next one is your fault. It's a watercolored card. I'll be playing along at Muse, Inkspirational Challenge, and Happy Little Stampers





For this card, I tried my hand at partial die cutting. Probably not the best day to be doing that, but I did. So you can see that my flower is still connected to the watercolored panel. Jenni at Muse has a lovely rose for us to use as our inspiration, but the roses I have are a bit small (must correct that!), so I went with the peony again. And I did use several dies on this, so I guess I'm twisting along with HLS!

Are you ready? Ok.


Another rut for me... the Wonky Stitched die from MFT. Along with their stitched rectangle. The 'birthday' die is one I played surgeon with and cut it apart from the 'happy' and its frame; it's from Impress. The bitty tag is from Studio Calico, and the peony is from Altenew. Watercolored with Zigs. The 'wishes' stamp is from Newton's Nook. I hope I got all the ingredients... My brain isn't getting any less fuzzy as the day goes on. At least it doesn't hurt right now, lol! Probably a good time for me to stop. I'm headed off to comment land, and if you get one that doesn't make sense, just chalk it up to the medication ; )  And as always...