Thursday, February 15, 2018

Here's My Two


Hello!

I found it really difficult to come up with an idea for Darnell's Twofer Card Challenge #2. How about you? But I kept looking at my stamps, dies, and videos that I had saved and came up with these two. In the end, I am quite satisfied. Whew. Done. Smiling.



 The Twofer element requirement this time is hearts, but I am burned out making valentines, so made a friendship card and an Easter card using fancy circle dies on both along with the same heart die.



This multi circle card was done first. It is a CASE from the Elizabeth Craft Designs YouTube video Technique Friday by Els posted in July 2016. My card is white cardstock, not sure why it looks kind of blue in the photos, a 5" square which is an unusual shape for me. This is the first time I have used these Elizabeth Craft Designs dies called Beaded Circle Frames. My Big Shot got a work out as I was trying to decide what colors to use. Chose Midnight Muse, Bashful Blue, and Marina Mist that I believe are all retired from Stampin' Up! The hearts (with a touch of Wink of Stella) and sentiment are done with Pink Pirouette. The hearts are from a die set by Verve called From the Heart. The phrase "I'm So Lucky To Call You My Friend" is from the SU set Sprinkles of Life. Almost all the elements are from snippets of paper, so I am also entering this to Pixies Crafty Workshop Snippets Playground #319.


Personally, I love stripes and found this snippet of an old SU DSP in my stash. It is so pretty. The colors are pink, blue and a touch of green along with white, but I am not quite sure the name of the paper. A heart is covering up a bouquet of flowers that are on the original wooden stamp. It is from a set called Easter Blossoms where the sentiment is from also. Another scrap of blue for the heart almost matches the stripe.  I chose to stamp the little girl with the Easter basket as a silhouette using my go-to ink, VersaFine Onyx Black. The base is SU Basic Black, and is an A2 top-folding card. The dotted circle was done in a scrap of white cardstock.
 
It was truly a labor of love making these cards.  ❤ Thanks for visiting!

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Friday, February 2, 2018

January CCC

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My card for the Card Chain Challenge for January did not photograph well, but here it is anyhoo (MN speak, LOL). Really a simple card to make using the suggested colors, purple, green and yellow. All the cardstock is from Stampin' Up!, Blackberry Bliss for the base, and Emerald Envy for the mat. Barely Banana, a long retired ink, was applied with a roller to glossy white paper. Loving flowers, and needing a touch of Spring, I used the ink resist technique to stamp a flower. The old stamp is labeled from Stampa Rosa Inc.,  prorbaly closed, dated 1999.  I cannot find the name. It is a Magnolia flower, I believe. Using VersMark and Wow white embossing powder and heat embossing finished up the card front. By wiping the white with a soft cloth, the image show prettily.  In real life, anyway. Inside I wrote a note about friendship to my recipient, Sara in Missouri.

I really like getting cards from crafters around the US and the world so I encourage my readers to check out the CCC challenge.

Sorry to close on a sad note, but I want to let you know that my rescue dog Digger went across the Rainbow Bridge last week. He was a remarkable dog at 19-1/2 years old. I miss him terribly, but realize he is no longer in pain or discomfort. He came to me about a year ago from Shih Tzu Rescue of Minnesota as a hospice foster dog, and we became good friends. Here is his picture taken just a few weeks ago. Isn't he a cutie? I also encourage rescuing and adopting dogs that need a home.  R.I.P. Digger. 

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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Bear in the Snow

Hi!

Am trying to beat the deadline for Muse: ChristmasVisions 91. I finished this card while watching the Vikings football game. Sigh. So, here's my little friend sitting in the snow.


This is a Memory Box wood stamp called Fredward Bear. He has a little smile on his face and I think he is cute. To make the snowbank, I used Wendy Vecchi  Embossing Paste. The cloudy sky is just Distress Ink in Broken China swished on with a snippet of white cardstock to help make the clouds. Fredward was stamped in Memento London Fog ink on another snippet and fussy cut. He is mounted on white foam. Fred's scarf is paper pieced with some striped paper from Stampin' Up!. The banner sentiment is from the SUset called White Christmas. It continues inside saying ...And Sending Every Good Wish For the Coming New Year. The whole panel is just placed on a top folding card of SU Basic Black cardstock. A pretty easy card to make except for the fussy cutting! Not my favorite thing to do.

Horray, made my first Christmas card for 2018! Gotta go get the dog out!   

Bye for now. Thanks for visiting.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

It's two!

Hello Friends!

I've been trying to get decent photos the last several days before writing this blog. Oh well. Here's what I am submitting to Darnell's new gig called Twofer Card Challenge.  Her first challenge is to use feathers. Here is my entry:


The "twofer" stamp is an Inkadinkado stamp with a feather and an ink well that I have had for years. I cannot find its name, but I do like it. It is a NBUS to me as I don't think I have used it before. I hope you like it too. Below are the details with some close-ups of my two cards. 
I made the sympathy card first using a really pale pink textured cardstock. It looks white in the single photo, but better above. It's probably from Bazzill, but I am not sure as I got it at a craft store that was closing quite a few years ago. A touch of Wink of Stella is in the inkwell center, but it hardly shows. For a bit of bling, I added three enamel dots from my stash to finish the card. It is matted with Stampin' Up! Basic Black and placed on  Basic Gray cardstock.
The feather stamp, (did I tell you it is on wood?) was inked with Versafine Onyx Black and the sentiment is from SU dated 1993, also red rubber and wood. I really like and still use many wooden stamps. The technique is the oldie but goodie, straight ink to paper.

The embossing resist technique was used for my second card. I stamped with VersaMark, dusted with WOW Fine White embossing powder, and heat set it before attacking the background. My goal was to make it look like a night sky. Ranger Distress Inks in Shaded Lilac and Black Soot were blended with touches of Distress Oxide Salty Ocean for my darkish sky. For the first time I tried to do some splatters to look like tiny stars. Not having any white paint, I used Tsukineko All-Purpose Ink in Frost White. Not too bad, but maybe too many. Used a paint brush for the scattering. Shiny silver cardstock from SU is my mat and Basic Black is the card base. This card was number 3 or 4 as the other ones went into the circular file. Finally done, but I could not miss this challenge. I am not sure which takes longer for me, making cards or writing! I am sure you all understand. 😕
Edited to add that the sentiment "This is me missing you" is from Jillibean Soup! Handwritten Sentiments
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Friday, January 5, 2018

Deer In The Woods

Hello and Happy New Year!

After reading about Darnell's new blog starting on the 10th and noticing a new challenge to me that she entered that asked for embossing, I am entering a card I had just finished to the Stamp Ink Paper Challenge 131. The card has both dry and wet embossing. Sorry about the photo, it's the shiny silver paper's fault. lol

Recently I found this great idea on Splitcoaststampers and realized I had most of the supplies she used. So I CASED  Melissa Kerman's Impressions of Tarnished Foil. I followed her instructions pretty well and I highly recommend watching her video. Changes I made include using a piece of Silver Foil paper from My Favorite Things for the base of my focal point. That was first stamped several times with VersaMark using a tree from Stampin' Up!'s Lovely as a Tree set, than heat embossed with several colors of powders: Stampin' Up!Copper, Ranger Gold and Liquid Platinum. The embossing folder and die by Tim Holtz/Sizzix called Birch Tree were next. More heat embossing was done randomly over the birch tress. Finally, the black Stazon Jet Black ink was rubbed on to highlight the texture from the die (I had used a rubber mat) and the embossed area. I cropped the best part of the project, added part of the deer from Memory Box Standing Deer Oval Frame and started matting. The first mat is more of the silver paper, the second is SU Baked Brown Sugar all placed on a top folding card of Basic Black. The whole project took quit a while-one evening and part of the next day, but all was worth it. Whew! I really like the card. No sentiment inside yet, however I have need for masculine cards coming up.

Also I am adding my card to the Merry Monday Christmas Challenge 271, although it might not be considered a holiday card.

  

Monday, December 25, 2017

Candles of Snippets

Hello!  Merry Christmas!

A quick post that I started on the 23rd when I was supposed to be wrapping presents. Just wanted to get a card to Di for her Pixie's Playhouse 311 &312, but when I checked it was too late. So now I'm submitting my card to Weeks 313 & 314.


My card really is made of snippets! I notice the date stamp says Feb but that's an error. Should be Dec. I have to take the sim card out of my camera to transfer pics to my computer (long story) and I don't always re-set the date correctly. :-(

I made this card CASEing one I made last year when Taylor of Taylored Expressions visited Minneapolis at my favorite craft store and showed us how to make a fancier card using her candle die called Poinsettia Candles. I don't believe it is available any longer. This card is made with SU Thick Whisper White cardstock and is top-folding. I partially cut the candle out of several snippets of white, silver, red and green then paper pieced them onto the silver cut out. A chore, but I ended up liking the simplicity of the card. The silver mirror paper from My Favorite Things. The red poinsettia part is from a SU Cherry Cobbler scrap and the green is a tiny bit of DCWV foiled cardstock. I wish I could find another pack of it! The greeting is inside and if I remember correctly, was silver embossed. It's been mailed, of course.


Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a Very Merry Christmas. Have a Wonderful New Year too. See you next year.

Happy Hugs!
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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Merry Monday Christmas Pup

Seasons Greetings! Merry Christmas!

I just had to use one of my newest Christmas stamps! I've been buying a lot (my poor budget) but sure have gotten many great ones. More to come as I get time to blog. ;-)

Today's card uses the Patient Pup stamp from Stampendous. Isn't he adorable? I am entering this card in the Merry Monday Christmas Challenge #268 - Santa Hat.
Being a dog lover, I had to have him! I used Stampin' Up! Crumb Cake to stamp him and fussy cut him out. I was afraid to try to color him, so I just let the details show in the black Versafine ink. His hat though, to me is special, so it was colored with the Zig Clean Color Carmine Red. To try to make the fur stand out, first it was colored with white colored pencil then with White Wink of Stella. Can you see I colored in circles with both to make it look furry?

Completing the card is a frame complete with Merry Christmas from Taylored Expressions called Picture Perfect - Horizontal. I bought it last year and never used it. More Ziggy in green this time along with the red colored on the letters looks festive to me. It was a challenge trying to figure out what to put inside until I got the idea to use an old stamp of unknown origins that says Peace*Love*Joy. Done. I am pleased.
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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Circle a Deer for Christmas

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Have made a start on my Christmas cards using some NBUS. Not that I am late getting started, you know. lol  This one is a CASE of one by Drucie at my favorite local craft store Crafter's Haven in Minneapolis. The new goodies are the silver mirror paper (forgot to check the mfg label) I only used a (snippet of the paper) and the wonderful die by Memory Box. The card front is made with a oldie embossing folder from Cuttlebug called Snow Flakes that is at least 4 years old. I am linking the card to CASology Week 277: Round and to MUSE :ChristmasVisions 90 challenges. Edited to add to Pixie's Crafty Workshop: Pixie's Snippits Playground Weeks 309-310 .


I am really pleased how this turned out and had to laugh when I noticed reflections in the die-cut. It is lovely in real life. The scalloped circle surrounding the deer fits the CASology challenge and it is a truly CAS (IMHO) card with a lot of white space. I like the elegance of this card. To preserve the elegance on the front, my sentiment, a curvy Merry Christmas die cut a snippet made from the same mirror paper was put inside. That die is also from Memory Box, called Merry Christmas Script.

The MUSE challenge calls for any holiday card. A fancy deer and snowflakes to me are holiday themes. Making holiday cards sure is fun!

Gotta get busy and make more Christmas cards, so bye, bye and thanks for visiting.


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Monday, October 30, 2017

Leaves Re-Done and a Halloween Card

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Here is the re-do of the leaves from my last post! I tore the salvageable leaves off the original card both from the card front and the inside. Still loving the alcohol inked leaves, I am entering this in the current Addicted to CAS #123 challenge which is asking for leaves.

Quite simply, the leaves were just placed on an off-white textured cardstock called Cream White from The Paper Company. Not sure if you can get that paper any longer. I am sorry it looks white in the picture. In real life, the leaves show up much prettier. To cover the stained area of the one leaf, I just made a little tag on a snippet of Bazzil c.s. using the Stampin' Up! Happy Thanksgiving from the Teeny Tiny Wishes set. Haven't done sponging on edges in a long time. How about you?

It has been a great Fall here in MN with really pretty leaves. The last few days have been unseasonably cold and windy, so there are not many leaves on the trees now. So sad.  I do love autumn colors.

Since Halloween is tomorrow, I am posting one of the cards I made for the grand kids. Also made a couple treat boxes but don't have photos. This card was made at a make and take at my SU demo's house. I tweaked it by adding the polka-dotted vellum skirt and orange bow while moving the bow tie to her head. I think Maddie, who likes to wear things in her hair, will like the card. The ribbon, vellum, skeleton and bow tie are from SU. The cat is from Impression Obsession Dies and the stripped c.s. is Recollections from Michaels. I did enjoy making this card.

Now on to make more Thanksgiving cards and then Christmas cards! Thanks for visiting.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Fall Leaves

Gracious Hello!

Where has the month of October gone?  I was too late to join any of the Fall leaves challenges, but wanted to post a card where I used my new favorite technique. Alcohol Inks. I know I am late to the party, but they sure are fun!

To make the card, I got out some of my new Very Vanilla heavy card stock for the base and used my NBUS embossing folder from Stampin' Up! called Petal Burst for the background. That card stock is SU Early Espresso. My new friend Eileen, whom I met when she was my physical therapist after my hip surgery, gave me the wonderful gift of the alcohol inks set. I received 3 colors, and the blending solution by Adirondack plus a Tim Holtz wooden ink applicator and the felt pads too. Yay! I watched several videos on using the inks but don't have any Yupo paper that was suggested. So I used a sheet of glossy paper. No idea where I got it. It made the leaves look shiny and I do like that! The 3 colors were plopped on my craft mat and mixed with the blending solution. Colors are Butterscotch and Wild Plum and a bit of Stream. Interesting how swirling the mixture around seemed to make orange and dark red and yellow. What fun making the mess. When the paper dried, I really did think it was just a big mess until I started experiments with dies and punches to cut out some shapes. Seemed like the large maple leaf punch from EK was perfect for a Thanksgiving card. The tiny leaf is part of the SU Seasonal Layers Thinlits dies set.


I stamped a wreath from Inkadinkado saying Happy Thanksgiving in a circle coloring direct to the stamp with SU  Espresso and Pumpkin Pie markers. I put another little leaf in the middle.

I am quite pleased with this card and I think someone will be pleased to receive it.

Bye for now. Thanks so much visiting and I love your comments! Hopefully I can get my Halloween cards photographed and posted soon.

Edited before finishing my post! Am sad to say this card today got coffee spilled on it at a small bazaar I attended to try and sell a couple cards. Eeeeeek

Edited Again: Adding to Pixie's Creative Playground Weeks 303/304.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Time For Some NBUS


Hello!  Yes, it is time for Darnell's NBUS challenge and I just have to play along. I admit to still be buying new crafty things. Can't help myself! Can you? Here's my card for NBUS #12 using my new die called Front Door from Impression Obsession that I bought just last weekend. My local craft store had it on sale and I think it can be used in a number of ways. Lucky me!

A Christmas card came to mind first, so that is what I made. I could not decide where to put a sentiment, so it will have to be inside. Besides, I wanted to showcase the shiny pattern of the door/moldings. The black paper is one I have been hoarding the last bits of. It is from Hot off the Press, called Crocodile Black Specialty. The several pieces are popped up with black craft foam. Also a NBUS is the wreath that came from a Stampin' Up! set called Stitched Felt Winter Wishes that I bought at least a year ago. The holly and leaves are separate and glued on with Ranger Glossy Accents as other glues did not work on the felt. I did some surgery on the wreath part so it doe not overwhelm the door so much. Trying to make two of the panels look like windows in the door and not having any pale yellow cardstock, I used a piece of yellow Post it Note. Looks white in the picture, funny enough. My card base is Real Red from SU. 

Well, now I have 4 cards made for the upcoming holiday. This one cannot even be mailed as it is quite thick. It's a start. Right? Thanks, Darnell for your challenge! Take care and thanks for visiting! I love visitors!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Some Cards and Some Snippets

Hi Friends! Have a few cards to post that I have been working on. Hope you enjoy. So many were really fun to make!

First up is a card made to post as an entry for the last Retro Rubber Challenge but I missed the deadline, alas. The challenge is to use old stamps, which I have done.  As I am not ready for autumn yet, I still love to use flowers on my card.

My card was made with snippets of designer paper from an unknown company on a card base of Stampin'Up! heavy white cardstock. For fun I cut the paper on an angle and matted each piece with black cardstock from Bazzil. My focal point is an oldie but goodie flower from the SU set called Stipple Floral that is from 1998! I did not know the names of some of the flowers, so Splitcoaststamers members found out for me. It is called  Morning Glory  and is stamped with Versafine Onyx Black . The coloring was done ages ago, with generic colored pencils in various pale blues and greens, and the snippet was in my "to do" box. The blue of the paper matches the flower much better in real life! Honest! Narrow snippets of black cardstock help ground the two areas. To me the card looked like a sympathy card, so used another old stamp saying Deepest Sympathy from JustRite Clear on the inside. I am entering this card in the Pixie's Crafty Workshop Playground.

Next up are a few of the 12 cards I made fund raising for Shih Tzu Rescue of Minnesota. I've adopted one dog from them, and for the last year have been  fostering  then helping dogs get adopted. I still have Digger. He's doing well  for a really senior dog. The gray one and "woof" ones are sympathy cards for pet owners and the pink one is a fun birthday card. This Shih Tzu stamp is from Rubber Hedgehog Rubber Stamps and fussy cut out. The cardstock is SU Basic Gray as is the ink. The embossing folder is from Darice. Isn't it wonderful?

Next up the 3 woofs are saying goodbye. The die is from 7 Seven Paper/Studio Calico. The simple sentiment is from My Favorite Things Grand Peaceful Wildflowers set. I just used white and black for a peaceful card of sympathy.
Lastly is a pink Shih Tzu looking pup that is saying happy birthday inside. I used  SU retired Pretty in Pink cardstock with Impression Obsession 6-in-1 Frames dies in a couple of sizes. The stamp is from the SU set called Bella & Friends. I used a regular pencil to try to make her look furry like the Shih Tzu breed! It was really fun to try to do.

So that's it from here for now. Whew, a long post for me.Thanks so much for stopping by!


Sunday, August 27, 2017

A Sunflower CASEing

Hello!


By Chris
Today I am CASEing twice this wonderful card by Chris Dayton posted back in July. You can check out her wonderful blog and many videos at http://www.cattalesandpapertrails.com  I just had to have this stamp and a new die of daisies too!The stamp is by Impression Obsession called Double Cone Flowers.

My card was made using Ranger watercolor paper. I inked up the whole large wooden stamp which is a background stamp with etched in flowers using my favorite go-to Versafine Onyx Black ink. That is how the background looks bumpy which I kinda like. I colored the flowers and leaves with Zig Clean Color markers along with some generic colored pencils plus clear, white, yellow and black Wink of Stella. Whew! I had to stop myself from tweaking more so not to ruin the whole thing.  LOL  The black WS is mainly on the center of the flower. I wish the sparkle shows; in real life it is really pretty. The sentiment is a 2012 wood Hero Arts stamp. I sent the card to my sister-in-law for her birthday.

My second card was much more simple to make. Just inked up the lovely stamp again this time with Stampin' Up! retired Midnight Muse ink. Quite an easy-peasy card! For contrast I mounted the image on a piece of  SU's Daffodil Delight cardstock and centered all onto the base card. Notice some scoring on the top and bottom. Finished up with a couple of yellow dots. Done.

Thanks for stopping by to visit and for wishing me well with the new hip. I am feeling great, walking without a cane, and can drive next weekend!

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Monday, August 7, 2017

I'm Back! Sort of...

Hello!

As some of you know, I've had my right hip replaced! I am now in the recovery/PT phase and am doing well. It hasn't been easy sitting at my computer, so today is the first time I have spent quite some time on it. I'd like to say thanks for all the kindness from fellow crafters who contacted me. Much appreciated. I have over 200 emails to read...yup, they are mostly from crafters I follow and you all are prolific bloggers. :-) I will get to you, promise.

Today/tonight I wanted to post my July CCC card. The colors were pale peach, pale yellow and bubble, none of what I have except the yellow. Anyone remember Barely Banana? One of the themes suggested was mythical creatures and of course friendship is always good. Anyway,  here's my card!

Isn't it funny? Mythical? Well, I think so. Like others, I just had to have the Stampin' Up! set called Hey, Chick. This particular chick makes me laugh. I've used it more than the others, so far. The two friends are mounted on pink cardstock and dry embossed with an old Sizzix folder, I think called Plaid. Two sizes of Spellbinders Wonky Squares made my frame. The sentiment is a goodie from Jillibean Soup called Handmade Sentiments. A single heart dot from SU covers the period at the end of the sentiment. Just my opinion, I don't think this is a sentence, so no period is needed. The card was fun to make and was well received.


Back when, I promised that I would post the card I had made for my youngest granddaughter Maddie on her birthday. Here it is. She really liked it. As soon as I can, we have planned a shopping trip for her present. Maddie loves color and is very artistic. She mostly paints but loves multi-media crafting too. She makes colorful cardboard mazes for her pet mice to run in. 

A simple but pretty card. Here I again used the Lawn Fawn plaid paper which I adore, making a frame for the die cut flowers that is new to me from Taylored Expressions. It's called Silhouette Stems1and popped up with dimensionals..The plain background is SU Bermuda Bay cut with a snippet from a previous project. I have misplaced the die, so cannot tell you who made it. All is mounted on a top folding card using the new SU Whisper White Thick Cardstock, which I really like for bases. Inside I die cut happy birthday from more plaid paper and wrote an I.O.U. note for the shopping trip. Sorry, I did not take a picture of the inside. Oops!


Well, fatigue has gotten to me, so I will say goodnight. Take care of one another!


Saturday, July 22, 2017

CAS Dragonflies Sympathy Card

Hello!

A last minute entry to the CAS Mixup July Challenge. 

After many, many tries I finally got a card made with crinkled tissue paper in colors that I liked! Here I used Distress Inks in Shaded Lilac and Peacock Feathers. The tissue paper I have is really thin, so this is done with two layers after watching Loll's Video technique a dozen times. It was fun trying out several types, but am running out of July days to enter the challenge!

The card base is a NBUS to me, Stampin'Up's Thick Card Stock in Whisper White. It makes a nice card base, I think. I forgot to use sticky back paper when I die cut the dragon flies, so glued them down with Glossy accents. The tissue paper is just folded over and glued over a snippet of white card stock. For the sentiment, which is an old one from a company called Rubber Stamped, I again used the Shaded Lilac ink. The card will be added to my stash in case I need to send a sympathy card. My choice is the die cut which is also from SU called Detailed Dragonfly.

I've been missing in action, getting ready for some hip surgery. I'll be fine and as soon as I can sit comfortably at my craft desk and computer, I'll be back. Thanks for visiting.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Thinking of You...with Feathers

Hello!  Made these two cards a while back but have recently sent the card on the left to my wonderful friend  Darnell, to wish her the best on the up-coming surgery. Thoughts and prayers and hugs go out to her.

These two cards were made with the Elizabeth Crafts Designs Peacock Feather die following the instructions from Els on her Technique Friday March 17, 2017 blog.  Love how they turned out. The white background card uses the inlaid card technique. The feather were cut from a piece of watercolor c.s. that I had smooched with Distress Inks. Sorry, I don't remember exactly which colors I used, but probably Shabby Shutters and Faded Jeans or Peacock Feathers which are three of my all-time favorite ones. I matted the feathers with a simple border of coordinating card stock.

The card on the right did not photograph as well. It is made with the same die plus Elizabeth Craft Design Silk Microfine Glitter in Blue Green. Using ECD Clear Double Sided Adhesive paper makes the glitter stick so well especially since it is burnished into the stickiness. Oh, I wish you could see the wonderful shiny glitter. This stuff restored my faith in using glitter! The feather on the right is just the cut out from pretty Bazzill slightly textured background paper and adhered next to the glittered one just as Els suggested. Truly CASED cards. Fun to make; hope you like them and will try the glitter technique.Thanks for visiting!

Edited to show feather with glitter better. Isn't it pretty?


Friday, June 9, 2017

What Happend to May? And some Snippets!

What happened to May? The month escaped me and I didn't post anything. Thank you to the visitors who left messages for me anyway. I really appreciate it. :-)

Am posting a couple of card made in May (really, I did make some). First, though, here is a picture of my oldest granddaughter Megan and my foster dog Digger. Thought you might enjoy seeing them. Megan just finished her sophomore year in high school and Digger will be 19 on July 1st! 

Now to my cards! Lots of snippets were used in these cards, so am hoping it isn't too late for Pixie's Crafty Playground this time. These pictures were taken so long ago and mailed or delivered that I hope I remembered how I made them .LOL  More senior moments, I guess. This one is a get well card made for a friend. The pretty plaid paper is from Lawn Fawn with the center cut out with one of the Lil' Inkers stitched rectangle dies. I used a retired punch from Stampin' Up! for the 3 butterflies that are accented with a polka dotted embossing folder. The hard to see pink butterfly makes the rectangle look funny in this photo, and in retrospect, it should have been cut in pale turquoise color instead. Much better in real life. The white card base is A2 size and is top folded. A piece of SU's Pretty in Pink paper (Oh, why did they retire that color?) was used for the bottom layer cut with a scalloped rectangle die from a Mama Elephant set called All Prettied Up.  If you haven't seen that set, check it out as it has the neatest little box die. I placed the sentiment inside using a snippet of plaid decorated with more snippets of paper for the butterfly. A left over part of the pink paper from the front made the border frame. I like the curved message which is from Hero Arts Stamp & Cuts set of stamps with the coordinating dies called Ribbon Notes.

This next card also made in May again uses some of my hoarded designer paper that rarely sees the light. It is made by Photo Play Paper Co. and called Flip Flops (which are on the other side and are adorable.) 
I love the aqua/turquoise and white with the squiggly lines that make me think of the ocean. I think I'll use it for an ocean scene next time.This card is a birthday card made for a dear friend. A white card base was again used with the top embossed with an unknown crisis-cross diamond shaped lines.The flower was cut from coordinating dies by Memory Box called Pavilia Bloom and Pavilia Bloom Outline. The outline flower shape was cut with a snippet of white cardstock as was the sentiment square. The It's your day! stamp is by SU stamped in Encore! silver metallic ink. To balance the card and cover up the placement of the embossing folder, I used a strip of same dsp. Inside it says happy birthday heat stamped in the same silver ink. The card was well received by my friend! This is the card I entered in Pixie's Snippet Playground. Pixie's Snippet Playground Wk 283.

That's it for May. Next up a couple of cards made in June including one for my youngest granddaughter. Thanks so much for visiting. See you soon, I hope.