Friday, February 16, 2018

"Pear-fect" Birthday

I make a ton of birthday cards. A ton. Not only do I have a rather large family, but I give the adult children, and now some of the 'grown-up' grandchildren boxes of cards that I've made over the course of the year. The kids have been requesting boxes of all birthday cards as of late... I figure that since they're 'requesting' cards, they must like them, and I must be doing something right! So here's another birthday card to add to 'their' stash! I was inspired by the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches. Take a look...I think you'll find inspiration there as well!


That sketch is simply delightful! I got one of my "pings" right away, and set to work. This card took, oh, um, all of about 15 minutes to make. The longest part was finding those perfect patterned papers among my scraps, lol! 


I love this pear die. It's from WPlus9, and I just grabbed my Impress Inks and went to town on a blank piece of white cardstock. I laid the die over the colored parts, found a place where I liked the look, and cut. I added a bit more color, and the brown dots. The "have a" sentiment is from Lil' Inkers, the "pear-fect" is from WPlus9, and the "birthday" is from PTI. I hope you don't mind if I say that the pear really trips my trigger. I like the way it turned out! Now. I'm going to run, as I want to do a little commenting, but you all have an incredible weekend. Sending blessings your way, and as always...


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Birthday Less Is More

It's almost like watching little ones grow. When some of my favorite challenges celebrate a 'birthday,' like Less Is More, I wonder where the time went! These days, my craft time is more limited than it used to be, but I knew I wanted to play along at LIM in order to wish them a very happy birthday. I've seen so many fun cards in the gallery, and had to make a little something. Four of my grandchildren, all in the same family, are percussionists. They come by it honestly, as their parents are too. They've also played piano, violin, viola, and guitar as well. A musical family to say the least. A while back, a dear friend RAKed me with this cute Avery Elle set, and I was just waiting for the perfect opportunity to use it. This birthday celebration is the perfect time to break it out! Thanks, Darnell!!



Happy Birthday, Less Is More!


As mentioned, this is a set from Avery Elle. I used a star from a N&T set, and gave the drummer a striped shirt with a scrap of patterned paper. I colored the cymbals and the edges of the drums with some ancient silver and gold gel pens, and used Copics to color the rest. To add just a dash of dimension, I cut the panel with an MFT circle die. And that's it. Happiest of Birthdays, Less Is More! As always...


Saturday, February 10, 2018

Twofer Card Challenge #2

Well, we started off with a bang last month, didn't we?!! Over 130 entries in the gallery. Wow! How much fun was that?! The best thing about the Twofer Challenge is that it really does challenge our brains to work a tad bit harder and do things that are ever so slightly even more out of the box. Now, with each stamp set I see online, see in a store, or even when I peruse my own stamp sets, I think, "How can I use that/those  image(s) in new ways?" But that's the whole point of this challenge, then, isn't it?!

We (obviously) have a new challenge for February! And I think you're going to love it! For all the details, click on the link and head on over! 



My twofers look like this:


Here is a closer look at each card:




While both of my cards use the same heart stamp from Studio Calico, they are quite different from one another. The first has a vertical orientation, while the second is horizontal. The first has one gold embossed heart, and the second has four red-stamped hearts. The colors of the inks and patterned papers are different, as are the occasions. The first one is a Valentine for DH, and the second one is (obviously) a birthday card.

I gold embossed the heart onto a pink scrap of cardstock. I trimmed the panel with an MFT Stitched Square die, then added a slightly larger square in black. I found this piece of patterned paper with triangles, and cut another square. With the center panel adhered, the only thing left to add was my AE sentiment also embossed in gold.

The birthday card was trimmed slim strips of black and white polka dotted paper to encase that row of SC hearts, which were stamped in ME Apple Ink. An MFT 'birthday' die, and a SSS 'happy' complete this EZPZ card. 

Two rather different card designs utilizing the same stamp. I love this idea!! 

You know you want to pull out your sweet, heart stamps and play along. I'll see you in the gallery at the Twofer Challenge, then, right?! Of course! Blessings to you all and as always...



Tuesday, February 6, 2018

A Reminder and Two Cards

I wanted to pop in today, quick like a bunny, and give you a little reminder that the Twofer Challenge comes 'round again on the 10th. Be sure to stop over at the Twofer blog and plan to play along!! 

I got my 'girl' on when making these cards. Couldn't seem to help myself... This first card will go and play along at the Sunday Stamps Challenge, and at Inspired By...  I saw pink stripes, which delighted my sensibilities.




That's an MFT Wonky Frame die, and a MB Stitched Frame in the center of the panel. I used an AE striped stamp to make those ombre-ish pink stripes behind the RC glitter heart. And a MB sentiment finishes off this fairly CAS card.

Next card heads off to Papertrey Ink's 11th Anniversary party, and before it closes, SSS Wednesday Challenge. I used Heather Nichol's sketch for my card.

 





The "banerilla" (as our Jessica used to say when she was a bit of a thing...) and the sentiment are both from PTI, and she's been colored with Copics. The balloon and the stars are from SSS. A scrap of yellow polka dot patterned paper down the left side and a few sequins finish this off. I have a granddaughter in mind for this card later this year... I've got to run for now, but I hope you're having a wonderful week. After chores, I hope to get to some commenting.... DH has kept me hopping as of late....


Wednesday, January 31, 2018

This Will Always Remind Me of My Sister

I love this Avery Elle Set. It will always, always remind me of my sister. When we were little, Sue got this adorable, little trinket box with a red, almost mushroom shaped lid. It had a door, and a couple of Hummel-like figures in the front. Oh how I coveted that box! Now, I was the kind of child that all parents dream of NEVER having, and it was in my nature to sometimes break or wreck things that I wanted but couldn't have. Not with this trinket box. I knew it was special, and I knew that I needed to treat it with respect, though with a three-year-old's mind, I didn't realize why I didn't break it. That sweet little box resides now with Sue's granddaughter. But I have this adorable AE set, which will always remind me of Sue, and I can play with it at will!

The card I made using this set is for my granddaughter's birthday. She. Turns. Ten. What the heck??!! How in the world did that happen???!! She's amazing!


What a cutie pie! And sassy (in a good way) just like her grandma, lol!!

This card will play at:




And here's (after a long wait) my card:


As mentioned, all the stamps are from the AE Windmill set, except for the sun, which a Your Next Stamp stamp. I used a blue panel, and cut some grass with an MFT die. I stamped, colored with Copics, and die cut the other elements (except the sun which I stamped on a yellow scrap). The panel is popped up to allow for the brad which will turn the sails. And yes, they do turn! Since I've monopolized your time enough, I will stop here. And thank you all so much for the kind wishes about dad. His appointment was rescheduled, so no traveling for me, and dad is doing well. As always...


Saturday, January 27, 2018

January Thaw

We're having our usual January thaw here in Wisconsin. We haven't had that much s-n-o-w to begin with, and now most of it has melted away. The skies are a wonderful blue, and the temps are lovely and warm for this time of year. It won't last. We still have several months of Winter to go, and I don't expect the weather to stay like this for long. The deep-freeze will return with gusto, I'm sure.

I may be headed up north next week to help my sister take our dad to the doctor, so I wanted to get a quick little post in before I go. I've got one card for a couple of challenges.

I'm playing along at the SSS Wednesday Challenge, where we're to "layer it up," and Laurel's Inspired By...Challenge.  Some of my favorite colors together!



Couldn't resist using this color palette for my card:


I found this diecut in my cupboard, but I can't tell you who made it. Sweet, though..! That's some Doodlebug polka dotted paper for my AE frame, some scraps for the PTI flags, and the perch. N&T tiny blue sequins, red ones from Miss Amy T., SSS sentiment, and A Muse music notes. The houndstooth and the perch are black, but they show up here as gray...Go figure... Have a great weekend, and as always...


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Twofer Card Challenge #1

What a great day. A seriously GREAT day. Today is the launch of Darnell's Twofer Card Challenge!!!! And guess what else?! Yours truly is a part of the Design Team, along with Anita, Loll, Kara, Suzanne, and Carol.

Oh my gosh, I'm so darn excited!! And I hope you're as excited about this brand-spankin' new challenge as I am. That Darnell is so clever. It's funny, I'd been thinking about how I need to make two cards every time I sat down, so it was serendipity when Darnell called, told me about her new challenge, and asked me to be on the Design Team!! This was meant to be, I tell ya! The Twofer Challenge is the perfect motivation for me, and I'm thinking that it will be for you too.



The rules are EZPZ lemon squeezy, and can be found on the Challenge Blog. The goal of the Twofer Challenge is to sit down (or stand, even) and make two different card designs for two different occasions. Here's what I made:






The prompt for this inaugural challenge is, Feathers. And would you believe that I don't have a feather stamp or die to my name?! But, I could use my Silhouette and make some! The white card is a sympathy card, and the second is a Congratulations/Baby Girl card. I used an MFT frame die, a scrap of vellum behind the feathers, and I heat embossed Gina K. sentiment. The "Tickled Pink" card also uses scraps, and ME scalloped dies, a computer generated sentiment with a portion of a Precious Remembrance stamp, cut with a HA die. Two candy-striped enamel dots, and that's it! Both came together really quickly.

So I'll see you over there, right??!!! Join me, and the rest of the DT making "Twofer" cards! Woohoooooooooooooo!!!!!!