Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Make It Monday #153: Watercolored Backgrounds With Heat Embossed Sentiments

I used this technique by Dawn to create another birthday card.  My supply of birthday cards is pretty slim so decided I need to make more..
You can see Dawn's technique Here 
There is a similar card that Kristina made using this technique so I used a combination of both.
I used orange, red, yellow in water colors
PTI - Stylish Sentiments Birthday & Ombre Builders on Orange Zest cardstock, embossed in white.

Make It Monday 2014 "A La Carte"

My card for MIM 
I chose Make It Monday #193: Camouflaging Die-cuts, with Laura Bassen, which you can access
I wasn't able to play in this challenge so decided to try it. 
PTI's Text Block Birthday Die in Raspberry Fizz, Hibiscus Burst and Berry Sorbet.
A few sequins for embellishments.  Had a hard time placing them.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Make It Monday #194 Stamped Border & ColourQ 273

My second card today for
Feels so good to be creating again.  This is for my granddaughter, Maddy's 14 birthday.  She will be with me this weekend and hopefully, we will go shopping for her birthday.  It's so hard when you have a birthday so close to Christmas....
PTI's Balloon Bash, Heart 2 Heart #2, Phrase Play #5 in Pure Poppy, Berry Sorbet, Ripe Avocado, & Memento's Cantelope

Make It Monday #194 Sympathy Cards and Stamped Borders

Oh my gosh, it has been way too long since I have made a card.  I think it's been 43 days.  When I got back from Hawaii on November 29th, I really did not have the desire to come into my craft room.  I thought, oh no, have I lost my desire to make cards?  I think that  the fact that it was 4 weeks till Christmas and I was not completely ready yet that my mind was totally into the Christmas spirit.  It even made it more so because it was snowing when we got off the plane and it really was beginning to look a lot like Christmas.
Oh and I got a photo light box from my nephew and his girlfriend and this is my first picture using it.  I wasn't sure what I was doing, but I think this came out ok.  Well, I will need to practice with it some more.
So we had a wonderful Christmas and now I need to make a birthday card for my granddaughter, Maddy, who will be 14 on Monday, the 29th.  A few days ago I tried to make a card for her but my mojo was just not working.  So finally, I came into my room and was able to make this card for 
Make It Monday with Melissa Phillips and I must say I was happy with it.  Usually, I like softer, clean and simple Sympathy cards.
PTI's Meadow Greens, in Aqua Mist and Sweet Blush, Butterfly Dreams and Words of Comfort.
Now I need to make a card for Maddy.  I think I will use this technique on her card too.
I have made a few comments here and there but now it's time to get back into making comments on a regular basis.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Hawaiian Vacation

Aloha, two Weeks in Paradise!

 So it is hard to get back in the swing of things when you spend 2 weeks in Paradise, specifically, Kona, HI.
The first week as you all know was spent with my BFF of 57 years, Colleen of One Smile Lifts a Spirit.  Her husband surprised us with a Mustang convertable.  That was so fun whipping down the highway with the top down. We sat by the pool, played on the beaches, she snorkled (I love the water but have a little, (BIG) fear of deep water).  We tried to take the Helicopter tour of the Volcano and Waterfalls, but both times it was cancelled due to weather.  Oh well, maybe next time!!!
Colleen left and I met up with my son who turned 40 on November 25th.  He is the one who decided that he wanted to spend his 40th with his mom and dad and family in Hawaii, so I have him to thank for this wonderful trip.
  We spent more time on the beaches, took a trip to Black Sand Beach to see the turtles, went on a dinner cruise and saw the manta rays.  Had sushi for his birthday dinner and then went to Kona Kozy's Comedy and Magic show, then a luau for Thanksgiving.  It certainly didn't seem like Thanksgiving and was very strange to see Christmas decorations all around.
Got home on Saturday, the 29th to snow falling.  We only had about 1-2 inches but it was so pretty and was cold enough for it to hang around for 3 or 4 days.
  So, this is basically the first time I have been on my blog in three weeks.  I have been getting ready for Christmas, decorating, wrapping gifts, finishing shopping and today we are going to get our tree.  Not sure when I will be able to be in my craft room again to stamp, cause next week I have a minor surgery on my hand for trigger finger.  I was able to make a few comments on the MIM, but hope to catch up soon.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Addicted to Stamps and More #120

One last card for today and maybe for 3 weeks as I will be having a blast with my Bff, Colleen in sunny Hawaii for a week and then I will join my son, his son and wife and his dad for another week to celebrate my son's 40th birthday (What????)   So excited....
Found this beautiful foil, shiny paper at Impress and when I saw the photo, just knew I had to use it.
I think the ornament is called Jasper from Memory Box,  It's hard to see but the back of the ornament is gold.
PTI, Wonderful Words, Joy, Shimmer Paper
Banner is from Tinsel and Tags from PTI

Make It Monday #188 Stamping Ombre Backgrounds with Laura

My card trying the ombre effect demonstrated by Laura MIM 
Isn't her's gorgeous?

My card is for my brother who will have a birthday while I am basking in the Hawaiian Sunshine with Colleen.
PTI's Ombre Builders, in Pure Poppy, Orange Zest, Harvest Gold, New Leaf, Blueberry Sky and Royal Velvet.
Happy One Liners and Wonderful Words Birthday
  I tried making one with greens and blues but it didn't turn out so went for the normal rainbow colors.   I'm not that happy with my card.  It's just Ok

Friday, November 7, 2014

CAS(E) this Sketch #99

This is a card for my oldest son who will be 40 on November 25th.  For his birthday, he wanted to have me, his dad and youngest son to spend the week with him and his wife in Kona, HI.  It didn't take me a second to say yes.  I don't know how it happened that he is this old????
I have been to Hawaii only once and that was in 1980 so I think I am due.  I didn't want to go all that way and only spend 7 days there with two of those days traveling, so I asked my BFF, Colleen if she would like to go with me the week before and she was able to convince her husband that he would be fine without her for a week.  So on my blog the countdown is 7 days.  I will take the train to Portland on the 14th and we will fly out the next day to beautiful Hawaii.  We are beside ourselves with excitement.  It will be sooooo fun....
I will enter this in CAS(E) this Sketch
Stamps of Life Hot Air Balloons 2 stamp in
Fresh Ink, Sky Blue, Mint, French Lavender and Pool
Used clear Wink of Stella on the balloons, clouds and sun.
The strip is sponged with the colors above.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Make It Monday #187 with Melissa - Partial Die Cuts for the Holidays

A tag for MIM which you can view Here 
All PTI - snowflake as the partial die cut.
Tremendous Treats - Christmas 
Tinsel & Tags set 
Sentiment and ribbon embossed with Liquid Platinum
Doodlebug Frosty Friends pattern paper
Penguin colored with Copics
C-3, B29, B00, BG23, YR14

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

My Granddaughter's 9th Birthday 11-03-14

My card for Avery who will be 9 on November 3rd.  She is the baby of the grandchildren.
LaLa Land Marci Heart Balloon colored with Copics
Skin - E50, 51 & BV00, RV10
Hair,  E33, 37, YR 14
Dress, shoes, gift and balloon
V01, 04, 06, Y11, 15
White gel pen, Clear Wink of Stella, and Glossy Accents.
PTI's Harvest Gold striped paper.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

CAS on Sunday #45 One Layer Wonder

CAS on Sunday
My card for  CAS on Sunday
The sentiment is PTI's Fancy Folk Art embossed with Liquid Platinum
PTI's Autumn Adornment in Simply Chartreuse, Raspberry Fizz and Sweet Blush 
It's been awhile since I have entered this challenge and since I have done a one-layer card.
Looking at it I think I need to add some clear Wink of Stella in the middle of the flowers.

Stampin' Celebration #90 It's all about Inspiration

With or Without Bow?

Help me decide...

My card for Stampin' Celebration 
I had this pretty bow sitting on my desk and wanted to try it on the card.  What do you think?  Does it look better with or without the bow?
PTI's Gracious Vases in Aqua Mist and Sweet Blush
Lil Inkers Stitched Rectangles
Pretty Posh Sequins.
Darcie large dots embossing folder.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Make It Monday #186 with Laurie Partial Die Stamping & Tag You're It #9 by Leigh

My card combining the following 2 challenges
I struggled with this a bit.
PTI's Ombre Builders in Berry Sorbet, Hawaiian Shores, Harvest Gold and Terracotta Tile
Wonderful Words - Birthday
Darice Stripes embossing folder

Saturday, October 25, 2014

October Blog Hope 2014

My card for this month's Blog Hop
Not sure why this looks so foggy probably the photographer 


PTI's Stocking Prints in Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, Hibiscus Burst, Blueberry Sky and Winter Wisteria
Tag is from Tinsel and Tags
Clear Wink of Stella on house and stockings.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Merry Monday #131 Non-Traditional Colors

Here is a card I made for Merry Monday
PTI's Aqua Mist and Sweet Blush - Tremendous Treats
Tinsel and Tags Banner
Lil Inkers Stitched Rectangles
The Paper Studio Snowflake Embossing Folder
See the video by Jennifer McGuire for this technique
I used Distress Ink Markers blended with Clear Wink of Stella 

The Challenge #17

My card for the Challenge this week.  Play along here The Challenge 
I sort of tried to use the sketch but I wanted to use this fun witch and she didn't fit on a 3 x 3 so just tried my best.
The stamp set is a miscellaneous Halloween set in Memento's Grape Jelly and Versafine Black
PTI's Orange Zest  and Classic Kraft and MFT Purple
The pattern paper is DCWV.
Sequins to finish it off.

Make It Monday #185 with Betsy - Faux Stained Glass

Betsy showed us how to make a Faux Stained Glass Card.  See the video here, MIM
PTI's Botanical Blocks, colored with Copics, Tinsel and Tags banner stamped with Keep it Simple Birthday
R-22, 24, 29,  YG 23 & 67, B02
Lil Inkers Stitched Rectangles & Cuttle Bug Rebecca, Embossing Folder

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Sympathy Cards

 A good friend of mine that I have know since Junior High celebrated her 65th birthday on October 12th and we are going for dinner tomorrow night.  And she needs some sympathy and birthday cards so I had to make up some sympathy cards so she has something to select from since I only had 2 in my stash..

Addicted to Stamps and More #117 - Make your Mark - Karen's Birthday

A digi from On Line Card Class Copics
Just finished the on line Copics card class and it was so amazing.  
R22, 24, 29
YG 17, 23 67
 Cuttlebug Embossing Folder
 A good friend of mine that I have know since Junior High celebrated her 65th birthday on October 12th and we are going for dinner tomorrow night. 

Merry Monday #130 - Silent Night

My card for Merry Monday 
Click to play along
All PTI:  Background Basics - Evergreen, Simply Jane, Holiday Home,
Sentiment - In the Meadow
I inlaid the trees above.
Colored them and the snow with Wink of Stella
Unfortunately, the snow looks like "dirty" snow.  Yuk.  It looks worse in the picture than IRL. 

Festive Friday #42 Red and White

It has been quite a while since I made a card for Festive Friday.  Click here to play along.
I made the background using PTI's Background Basics Super Stripes in Pure Poppy
The tag is from the new Tinsel and Tags stamp set.  The green circle is Simply Chartreuse from a Nestabilities circle die.
Twin is from The Twinery

Monday, October 13, 2014

Make It Monday #184 Gold Dipped Die Cuts by Danielle & Tay You're It #8

My card for the following two challenges
PTI's Tag Sale #9, Meadow Greens, Stencil with PTI's Lemon Tart, Summer Sunrise and Orange Zest. Terracotta Tile,
I first colored the leaf with copics and wasn't loving how it turned out, then decided to stamp the impression with Terracotta Tile and that was the trick.
Gold Embossing powder on tips of leaf.
Darice Embossing folder
Sentiment from Botanical Blocks - 1

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

On Line Card Class Copics Day 13-2 - Having fun

My second card for the last day of Copics class.  What a great, awesome class this was.  I learned so much.
This was a technique, Jennifer showed today coloring die cuts.  I used PTI's Turning a new Leaf and Bold Bouquet for the flowers.  I inlaid the leaves and made a side panel using my copics to match the red flower.  This is another great tip from Jennifer.  I popped the flowers using small round pop ups from Deanna K.
BG 01, 05, 09
R 22, 24, 29
YG 17, 23, 67
YR 02, 04, 07

On Line Card Classes Copics Day 13 Having Fun

My card for fun on Day 13
LaLa Land Marci Christmas Latntern
Face E50, 51, BV000
Hair E50, 55, 57 & 59
Coat & Hat - E50, 11, 13, 35
Dress - C5, R32, 46
Used distress inks on background, faded jeans & tumbled glass
Heidi Swapp stencil with white embossing paste. 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

On Line Card Class Copics Storage

This is a Recollections drawers and marker units from Michaels' As you can see I am almost out of space so need to find something else.  Unfortunately, you can't just buy the marker unit by itself.

Monday, October 6, 2014

On Line Card Class Copics - Day 10 Adding Finishing Touches

Another ballerina card for the on line card class.  This one I added polka dots on her dress and some glossy accents on the top.

Make It Monday #183 with Dawn - Dry Embossing over Heat Embossing

My card using Dawn's technique which you can access Here 
I used PTI's Filled with Joy and Zing Embossing Powders, then I dry embossed it with Cuttle Bug, Baby's Breath embossing folder.
Used Stampendous Aged Gold or Vielli Embossing Powder for the centers.
Banner Sentiment on Double Ended Banner.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

On Line Card Class Copics Day 9 - Background coloring with Copics

My last card for today using Kristina's technique making a one layer card look like it has layers.
Love this little ballerina.

On Line Card Class Copics - Day 9

My second card creating the cloud background shown by Sandy Allnock.  I did not draw my clouds but had a stencil that I outlined the top of.  I can't even draw a straight line free hand.  Lol.
Actually, this turned out better than I first thought.  

On Line Card Class Copics Day 9 - Background coloring with Copics

My first card for the day.  Today is the day I take my 94 year old dad to I-Hop for breakfast and then for a ride.  So I didn't get into my craft room until 1 or so.  I was a little nervous trying this method and actually had tried a giraffe but I messed up on the background by adding a third color that did not work.  I like how this turned out.  I used Jennifer's method of making the border match the color in the elephant by using the same Copic colors.
Tomorrow is Grandparents Day at my grandson's school so I will also be late getting started.  They do a program and we visit the class and then he is free to go with us for lunch and then come to my house. 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

On Line Card Class Copics Day 8-2

So I struggled a bit trying to figure out what to do with this little guy on a great big card and finally came up with this.  I think it turned out really cute.
PTI's Birthday Text Block in Hawaiian Shores
Birthday Bash colored with Copics and Clear Wink of Stella.  Gold embroidery thread.
This puppy was done using the blender pen to give it a softer look, which was Debbie's technique. 
Fun putting some cards together.

On Line Card Class Copics Day 8

So, day 8 has videos and techniques from Debbie Hughes and Shari Carroll
Debbie used the blender pen to make a softer look on your image.  I did not do well with this technique on the flower.
So I used my practice sheet to pick out a color combo that worked for me and colored another flower for this card.  I want to save my practice sheets with all the colors written on them for future reference.  This is only partially cut out shown by Jennifer so you don't have to cut the whole image.  I used the same colors to make the border piece behind my image.
The butterfly embossing folder is from The Paper Studio.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

On Line Card Class Day 7 -2 Flowers

I only colored in two of these flowers but want to practice with other colors.

On Line Card Class Day 7

Day 7 
I only have 2 W's and 2 C's so this image was hard to do.  And my black and W5 need to be refilled which need to be ordered.  I couldn't even finish the bat.

Merry Monday #128-2 Polka Dots and/or Stripes

Here is another card for Merry Monday 
I have been taking Jennifer McGuire's Copics on-line class and have learned so much from this class and all of the wonderful instructors.  They are so amazing.  This is a first attempt at coloring a full image and adding it to a card outside of class.  I think she turned out pretty good.
This has been so much fun.
I used a white gel pen to add the polka dots and PTI's Pure Poppy striped paper.
 La La Land Marci Christmas Blessings

Merry Monday #128 - Polka Dots and or Stripes

A card for Merry Monday 
This was a techniques that I saw on Jennifer McGuire's Blog which you can access Here
Of course her's is so elegant, but I thought I could adopt the same design.  I'm not as happy with it as I had pictured in my head.
Stamps of Life Ornaments for Christmas Die
Doodlebug Frosty Friends pattern paper
Back side of ornament is with a coordinating pattern paper.

Monday, September 29, 2014

On Line Card Class - Copics Day 6

Day 6 Blending - Various texture techniques using colorless blender
I tried the corduroy look with the first purple image and just ruined it.  I don't know what made me think I could do this since I can't make a straight line for the life of me.  Anyway, so had to make another purple doggie and then added polka dots with the colorless blender.  I also added polka dots to the third doggie.  On fox number 1, I tried alcohol  on a washcloth for some texture.  It's very hard to see.  I finally found my colorless blender refill and tried it and it seemed to work better.