Wednesday, April 26, 2017

SSS Floral All Occasion Cards

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge:  Anything Goes
I stamped these cards and then painted them while on vacation.
I had seen the card created by Heather Hoffman some time ago.  I love the color combo!
The stamps are from Simon Says Stamp.

White Rabbit Belated BD

Simon Says Monday Challenge:  Numbers
The Theme for our Paper Crafters' Club next month is Fast.

This White Rabbit Stamp has been in my stash for a long long time.  The company that made is is called Stamping Ground.  I stamped him in Memento and colored him with Copics.  Some Glossy Accent, Spica Gold pen and Wink of Stella highlight his accessories.

I made the background with letters from Lawn Fawn and Simon Says ink on kraft paper.

Inside I have a stamp of Alice (in Wonderland).  The Queen of Hearts is on the envelope.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Floral Hello II

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge:  Flowers

The materials for this card are the same as the last post.  I just enjoyed painting these so much I wanted to use different colors.

Hello Floral

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge:  Flowers
I love this Mama Elephant stamp the incorporates a sentiment with flowers.
It's so versatile I will use these cards for Birthday and Mother's Day.  They would also be cheerful Get Well cards.
I was in the mood to water color.  I white heat embossed the image on water color paper
using the Misti because it's a large stamp and I wanted to be able to stamp it more than once.
I used Wink of Stella on the Hello just to make it stand out a little more.
Oops!  That top ribbon is crooked!  Why do I not see those things until I photograph and post them?

Friday, April 21, 2017

Mama

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge:  Floral

The woman in this Unity stamp reminds me very much of my daughter.
When I want a floral stamp I go to Altenew.  This stamp was perfect because it wasn't too frilly.

The card base is Neenah kraft.  Flowers are stamped on Neenah white with Memento and colored with Copics.

What I love most about card making is being able to create a card that truly fits the person who will receive it.   A fru fru girly card would not be appropriate for my daughter.  To her kids she is "Mama".  Altenew alphabet stamps made it possible to put that on her card.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Underwater double slider BD Card

Simon Says Monday Challenge:  Water
Saturday my Paper Crafters Club had a Funshop.  Karen did a fabulous job teaching us two interactive cards.  This is a double slider, one I had never seen before.
My card front is entirely Lawn Fawn.  I just pulled out every Copic category I had an colored my little heart out.  Balloons on the left are from Simon Says.  Fish on the right is from G Rated.
The water is colored with Color Burst.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Smoothie Birthday Card

I have a question.  What is that fruit stamp that is off to the right of this card?  It's shaped like a pear but I've never seen a pear peeled in that way.  Any ideas?

What fun I've had creating this card from Lawn Fawn's So Smooth stamp set!  I saw a card made by Tina Tavlovic and just had to CASE it.   Working with all of the Lawn Fawn elements is such an adventure.  I never realize what all is in the Lawn Fawn sets until I actually use them.  Then I am just amazed at all of the possibilities!

I did this on water color paper.  Water colors were used for all of the juice.  Everything but the blueberries are stamped on Neenah with Memento, colored with Copics then fussy cut.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Altenew Floral Hugs

                                                     Happy 3rd Birthday, Altenew!
I've used all Altenew products on this card.  Their inks and layered stamps make me look like an artist.  This is the first time I've used a Kraft background with Altenew's pretty flowers.  I really like it with the white ink splatters.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Altenew Anniversary

This is Altenew's 3rd Anniversary.  Each day this week they have a blog hop of many great cards made with their awesome stamps.  I was inspired to make this anniversary card.  The inks are all Altenew's fabulous stamp pads.  The love die is from Hero Arts.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Thank You, Altenew


                                                          Thank you, Altenew!
What a great surprise to find in my mailbox!  Altenew sent me this personalized stamp to use on the back of my projects.  I just love it!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Hoppy Easter

Simon Says Monday Challenge:  Hip Hop

This was inspired by Kamila Routsis.  After seeing her card I decided to use Distress Oxide ink for the background then sprinkle it with water.  The critters are from Gerda Stiener.   All are stamped with Memento and colored with Copics.  I love the interactive gate.  Another bunny (Mama Elephant) painting an egg is hidden behind the gate.

Easter Bunny Pocket Card

Simon Says Monday Challenge:  Hippy Hop

My third pocket card to use as samples for my demon tomorrow at Paper Crafters Club.
I just can't get enough of these darling bunnies from Gerda Steiner.  They are stamped in <Momento and colored with Copics.  They work perfectly on the edges of the pockets on this card.  The Plush Carrot die is from Simon Says Stamp.  Sentiment from Gerda Steiner is white heat embossed.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Happy Birthday Pocket Card with Balloons

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge:  Happy Birthday

Pocket Card using Stampin Up pattern papers, gold paper and die cuts.

Happy Birthday Pocket Card

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge:  Happy Birthday

Two new stamp sets I could not wait to get inked!  The macaroons are from The Ton and the tea pot is from Catherine Scanlon Designs.  The macaroons are colored with Altenew ink pads and the tea pot is stamped with Memento Ink and colored with Copics.  Sentiments are from paper Smooches.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Artwork by Bo


My granddaughter just turned 7.  We started sharing a love of paper crafting as soon as she could hold a crayon.  She's making cards for her first grade classmates.  Lawn Fawn stamps are her favorite.
She carefully selects the critters and colors she knows each friend likes.  I love that she draws her own branches and backgrounds, especially the clouds.  She's much more creative than her nana.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

3 Year Old BD Card

Simon Says Monday Challenge:  Make a Rainbow

I can't believe our Grandson is turning 3 already!!!  He has brought us 3 years of joy with his hugs and belly laugh.  He talks nonstop, loves his books and plays with great imagination.
This card uses the darling Gerda Steiner Designs set called Party Animals.  I have lots of animal stamps but had to buy this one.  These guys have personality.

I die cut the number 3 with my Cricut.  The circles are cut with Spellbinders dies.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

I Love You to the Stars and Back

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge:  Anything Goes
Initially this was my least favorite Color Burst background yet it made up into my mosts favorite card!
All elements including the white heat embossed sentiment are from Lawn Fawn.
The rocket rides the circle around the astronaut.

This is a perfect card for my grandchildren!

I've got to add that I felt the need to study up a bit on the planets and their order from the sun.
My granddaughter is likely to suggest some planet should be a different color or in a different order.
I'm going to learn a lot from her!!!

(This is a CASE with some changes from a card posted by Nicole Spahr.)

Boy Space Card

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge:  Anything Goes

Another Color Burst background from the class with Ken Oliver.
The Lawn Fawn elements were stamped with Memento and colored with Copic Markers.

This card involves a lot of stamping, coloring and die cutting.  But it was the most fun I've had making a card for a while.

I'm waiting to put a sentiment on it because I'm not sure of who will receive it or what the occasion will be.

Sweet Friend

                                       Simon Says Wednesday Challenge:  Anything Goes

Color Burst's greatest value to me is it's use as a background.   Blue has always been my favorite color so blue backgrounds really appeal to me.  I made this background in Ken Oliver's class.
I had this Altenew floral in mind when I created the background.  The flowers are stamped in Momento and colored with Copic markers.
This card is made with Ken Oliver's water color paper.  It makes the brilliant color of Color Burst stand out because it is such a white white.
The sentiment is from Inkadinkadoo and stamped in Versafine.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

A Long Time Ago in a Galaxy Far Away . . .

Anything Goes
Simon Says Challenge
I had the pleasure of attending two Color Burst classes today taught by the "inventor" himself, Ken Oliver.  Ken is now an Indiana Hoosier . . .  as I am.  I enjoyed his teaching and stories of his beautiful new home town in Indiana.

This "Galaxy Background" class used Ken's watercolor paper and Color Burst along with a little white acrylic paint.  The sentiment I added is from Neat and Tangled.

Monday, March 13, 2017

St Patricks Day

#thedailymarker30day

Newton's Nook had this cute St Patrick's kitten and sentiment.  The Rainbow sentiment is from Stampin up.  I created the rainbow with Distress inks.  The grass die is from Memory Box.
There are all kinds of gold spritz, splatters and sprays.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Disneyland Birthdays


                                         I still love and use my circle punches frequently!
We will soon be in Disneyland celebrating birthdays!  These were quick and easy gift tags for both boy and girl.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Butterfly Card #2

#thedailymarker30days
One more butterfly card this time with a Stampendous butterfly stamp.

Butterfly Card

#thedailymarker30day
Jennifer McGuire recently posted a card with a die cut circle and elements coming out from the circle.  She also featured a background technique.
I went with this MFT floral background in black and white, Whippersnapper butterfly colored with Copices and a sentiment embossed in white.
This turned out very different than Jennifer's cards.  It's also an unusual look for me.  But I love it!

Whipper Snapper Butterfly

#thedailymarker30day
What a fun butterfly this is to color!  Now I need to figure out the background for a card with this very busy, colorful butterfly.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Beautiful Day with Distress Oxide Inks

                                                           #thedailymarker30day
This is another Distress Oxide ink with an Altenew floral image, Beautiful Day.  I borrowed my friend's die for this card.  Oh, my, now I want the dies too!!!
My metallic of choice is almost always gold.  However, I used silver on this and I like it!
I thought it would be a sympathy card.  They I put Stickles on the center of the flower.  Now I'm not sure it qualifies for a sympathy card so I left the sentiment off.
The scallop rectangle die is from MFT.  This card was its inauguration.

Distress Oxide Flowers

                                      #thedailymarker30day  30 Day Coloring Challenge Day 6
Erum Tasneem posted the most beautiful card using the Adore You Altenew stamp set.
I have copied her layout but used Distress Oxide instead of the more vibrant watercolors she used.
I smushed the Oxide ink 3 times, drying thoroughly between each application.
I am happy with Tim Holtz' spatter brush and Gold Mica for the spatters . . . something that I've struggled with.
The Thanks die is from W Plus 9.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Easter Book Marks

#thedailymarker30day       Day 3 of the Coloring Challenge

I give my grandchildren books for Easter.  This year they are getting bookmarks too!
The stack of books stamp is from Magnolia.
The bunny and sentiment is from Gerda Steiner.  (There are 5 cute bunnies and a darling bird in this set.)
The Dragon is from C.C. Designs.  (Notice the bunny is smiling so it's a friendly dragon).

Altenew BookMark

Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge Day 2
Creating flowers with Altenew layered stamps and their beautiful inks is just the supreme stamping experience.  Figuring out the layers and which colors takes some time . . .  but the end product is so worth it!  (The Once Upon a Time sentiment is from MFT).

Oxide Distress Inks Easter Card

Day One 30 Day Coloring Challenge
My brand new, just opened Oxide Distress Markers!
I watched Jennifer McQuire's video and tried some of her techniques . . .  the splatter and blending and water splats.  This stuff is awesome!
Egg die by Newton's Nook
Bunny by Peachy Keen

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Tulips in Winter

                                                 Simon Says Stamp Challenge: Flowers
It's cold and rainy outside but it feels like spring in my studio.  I couldn't wait to open the box of these Altenew tulip stamps and new ink colors!  I just spent the evening experimenting with the different color combinations.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

This is why I make cards!

                                                          Great Niece and Nephew
                                                            Happy Valentines Day!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Hey, Chick! Valentine

I have an appointment for a haircut, actually "the works"  with highlight and cut tomorrow on Valentines Day.
I thought this Stampin Up chick would be the perfect valentine for my hairdresser who has become a wonderful friend.   (I hope my highlight isn't quite as colorful.)

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Panama Canal Scrapbook

Vacation scrapbooks need to be done RIGHT AWAY!  It's when you best remember the details of your trip.  It's also when everyone is most interested in seeing your vacation scrapbook.  I'm anxious to share this with my travel companions.

New Altenew Ink Pads

                 Twelve new Altenew ink pads!  I've left space for a couple more releases too!

We were on a 15 day cruise through the Panama Canal. It was a fabulous trip with 12 friends who were sharing the experience with us.  Then at lease 9 of us got sick with respiratory illnesses as soon as we got home!

But I'm well and have my new ink pads.  I'm ready to stamp some layered colorful flowers like the ones we saw in Central America!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Hedgehog Valentine Explosion Card


Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge:  Square
I can't stop making these Valentines!  There are so many cute critters and sentiments like this Hedgehog from MFT!  Our six year old granddaughter is in the pun and knock knock phase.
She will love all of these plays on words.
Pattern paper is from Martha Stewart and Stampin Up.  Die cut tree is by Stampin Up.

Goat Explosion Valentine


Simon Says Monday Challenge:  Square
My favorite so far!  This Paper Smooches goat was the perfect opportunity to say
Na-a-a-  Na.

Cow Explosion Valentine


Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge:  Square
Yet another Explosion Valentine!  This one features the Paper Smooches cow and sentiment.
Google eyes and a Spellbinders heart are also used.

Skunk Valentine Explosion Card


Simon Says Monday Challenge:  Square
Sandy Allnock had a video with this Art Impressions skunk with the fumes in the background.
I, of course, had to order that stamp!  It was perfect for this explosion card.  The sentiment is from Lawn Fawn.

Otter ExplosionValentine


Simon Says Monday Challenge:  Square
Nina-Marie Trapani recently posted a mini Valentine Explosion Card.  That was the inspiration I had been hoping for!  I have been going through stamps and sentiments and paper scraps totally enjoying making these cards!  This is the new MFT Otter . . .  so cute!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

winter fairy birthday

                                         Simon Says Wednesday Challenge:  Winter Birthday
I just happen to be grandmother to THE Queen of the Fairies!  My little six year old nurtures  her fairy garden with a great sense of responsibility.
This was a monthly kit from Hero Arts that just had to be mine!  It includes dies, stamps and papers.
It's hard to see in the photo, but behind the vellum are shadows of fairies which hang on invisible thread and swing with movement of the card.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Peacock Envelope Card

                                                  Simon Says Wednesday Challenge:  New
I'm stretching the theme a little to What's Old is New   or Make Way for the New!
Did you ever have paper so beautiful that's it was intimidating?  That's the way I felt about this Heartfelt Creations Collection.  It's a new year and time to use it so I'll have room for the next beautiful collection.  I even got out my envelope punch board to make a matching envelope!
I used Spellbinders oval dies, SU punch for the tab, gold heat embossing and Spica pens with just a little Copic.  Stickles and sequins add the bling.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

MFT Polar Bears are My Favorite of the Season



Of all the cards I've made this season, I have had the most fun coloring these MFT Polar Bears.
I just grabbed Copics, found new combos and happily colored away.  The Waving Hi bear is on an Action Wobble so he actually waves!  Now how can you not smile while making something as cute as he is?