Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Pinwheel Christmas

It's Day 2 for me being the Michael Strong Card Captain of the week : )

 Today, I used the stamp set called Cloisonne Accents from the Michael Strong collection.  This is a fun little set that comes with  (2) squares and (2) circles. I used the same square- on 4 of these little squares, I embossed using Gold EP. On the remaining four, I stamped in red ink, then stamped in Versamark and embossed using Stardust EP.  The sentiment is Paper Smooches.

 I used SU Real Red CS,, the Gold is from Marco Paper, and the shimmery white CS is from a resale shop. The rhinestones are recollections- I colored them with a Copic marker.

Come and Get it- Christmas
Christmas Cards All Year Round- AG
Word Art Wednesday- AG

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Black and One other Color

  I am the card Captain this week for the Michael Strong Yahoo group. That means I will post a card each day . (Yes, each week we have a volunteer to post a card everyday- lots of inspiration!)

 I had a challenge to make a card that was black plus one color- I used a retired SU color Baroque Burgandy. I used a stamp from the Cloisonne Cranes set. The crane is embossed in black and adds a little texture to the top layer.

Cardstock- all SU- Black and Baroque Burgandy
Die- Dieversions Oriental Screen DV550
Embossing folder small dots-SU
Black EP
Michael Strong Cloisonne Origami Cranes

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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Baking Up a Holiday with TLC

 Paulette at Create with TLC has invited me to join her team for a Holiday feast! And, she is generously giving away a freebie at each stop.  I hope you will hop along and see what we've cooked up for you : )

It's a Holiday feast, and this little guy is patiently awaiting the moment where he can dig in!  The main meal is turkey with stuffing, some mashed potatoes and I am sure a whole lot more!

 For my card, I colored with Copics, DP is SU as are the punches for the sentiment. The button is also SU. The ribbon and twine- unknown- from my stash.

The sentiment is also a freebie- you can just right click and save the images to your file.

I had to get silly a tiny bit on the inside- I am from a large family:

Paulette is so very generous- please do finish up the hop at the main blog and drop her a note of Thanks! 

Here is the Blog Hop order:

http://littlebitopaper.blogspot.com/                   Deanne
http://desiref.blogspot.com/                           Desire
http://daffodil-faitha.blogspot.com/                   Faith
http://craftchaos.blogspot.com/                        Hetty
http://sparklingpinktitta.blogspot.it/                 Ileana
http://decossesdynamitedoodles.blogspot.com/           Lisa D
http://lisalynncard.blogspot.com/                      Lisa Lynn
http://slasewcraftiness.blogspot.com/                  Lynne
http://craftymumzcreations.blogspot.com/               Rhonda Sue
http://edwinascreations.blogspot.com/                  Edwina
http://shellymc2.blogspot.com/                         Shelly
http://createwithtlc-createwithtlc.blogspot.com/       Paulette

 If you just dropped in, please go to Deanne's blog where the Hop begins.

Enjoy!!!  And, hope this wets your appetite for some creativity!

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Sunday, November 27, 2016

'Bird' ATC

In one of my Yahoo groups, we have an ATC 'lottery'.  One name is pulled from the list of participants, and we all send our ATC to that person.

 We have a theme each month as well- this month the theme is 'Birds'.  The image is stamped in black Memento and colored with Copics.  The bird was stamped twice and I mounted it on dimensionals.
I mounted the image on a purple cardstock and added a touch of Washi tape. There is  a touch of sparkle on the bird as well.
  I bought this stamp at a stamp swap sale, it is by Paper Inspirations. I learned that you can tell a Chinese image from a Japanese one if the back of the kimono has a sash tied call an Obi, and then there is a knot called a musubi which can look like a 'hump' or a 'pack on the back'.  That would be a Japanese Kimono with the Obi, as seen above in the image I used.

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Dueling Darlings

It's now the 17th,,,,,,on the 15th, we post for the Dueling Darlings- which is broken onto 2 groups= the Divas and the Dazzlers.

Carol and I are the Hostesses this month- Carol of the Diva's and me for the Dazzlers. Each of us sends out a card kit to our group and everyone makes a card with the theme we have chosen.

The theme this month is "Give Thanks". Even though it is Thanksgiving, we want to focus on what we are thankful for. I made my kit using fall colors, which is another goal for our kits this month.

Finally, we asked everyone to mention something they are thankful for.
I am Thankful for family, and for some time with my daughter in Virginia this past weekend- the trees are just Gloriuos there!

My Kit:
Digital images by Mo's Digital Images- I was unaware of the Angel Policy when I shared the image, but did get permssion from Mo- please check the angel policy if you share images- I will not share Mo's images ever again!
McMahon 5 Designs- store has closed
Create with TLC- sentiments
DP - DCWV from the Ghosts and Goblins stack
Card- Orange and tan- DCWV
White- Gina K 120#
Border die- Cherry Lynn Designs
Ribbon- Ivory SU
Faux Fall Burlap- Fall Crafts HL
Twine- American Crafts
Button- unknown- from my button box

Please  check my sidebar links to the Diva's and Dazzlers to see what the other participants have posted.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Boat ATC

An ATC made for a swap in one of my groups for November.

 I forgot to take a picture before I mailed this one...so this is from one of the recipients.....  I stamped an image and used a portion of it that fit on an ATC.  I colored the image with Copic markers.  I punched out a boat, then punched the next larger circle punch larger- so the spotlight area fits into the larger circle. I really had fun with this one.

My swap ATC was from Barbie D

I love this beautiful scene.

I have been out of town and am a little behind papercrafting.  I will be posting more cards soon : )

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Sunday, November 6, 2016


I finally made it to an ATC group meeting here- it has been a while.  The theme this month was letters...and somehow I made that into numbers..... DIng, ding....it was OK....

 I made a stencil for the numbers in the background, sponged on with Distress inks. The (Chicago) Cubbie was from the internet, Bases Loaded sentiment is from Create with TLC. The hashtag'16 is an older SU set. I used a circle image from Artistic Outpost and the text is Sweet Stamps.

 We also make a 1-4-1 swap :

 This is a Gelli print, I added leaves that were cut from a Cheery Lynn die, added a bow, some Washi and a sentiment from a Studio G $1,00 set.

 Here is the 1-4-1 I recieved back-made by Linda :

  Haha- perfect for me!  Love it : )

 Here are the rest of the trade ATC's:

Lt side is from Mary- made with initials- not sure if Mary knows it, but my husband's name starts with an R- love it!
Rt side is Mari (aka sounds like Mary) - you cannot see all of the shimmer- so awesome!

 Lt side is from Mary (new Mary) and she played with a Metallic Gold pen.
Rt side is Dee De- she says when kids learn the alphabet, they say LMNOP without taking a breath- cute!  The purple flowers on chipboard is from a Kleenex box.

Lt side is by Cindy K
Rt side by Carol T

Lt is by Naomi and those are real little macaroni letters.
Middle is by Debbie
Rt is by LuEllen

Lt is by Harriet- P is for sparly pear with real beads
Rt is by Linda O. Love this so much!

Mom and I went to visit Dad's grave this past week (All Saints and All Souls day this past week)

We also made it down to Chicago, along with 7 Million other people for the Cubs parade and rally.

It was a MOB scene everywhere, but the excitement- was too much for my hubby to stay home!

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Friday, October 28, 2016

'Tis Near Halloween

Hi! I hope you are enjoying the fall colors!    I had fun creating with this darling Bugaboo image:

   I am doing pretty well with CAS cards- they are getting easier : )  This fun image makes the card go together quickly- in fact, I made 30 of these for an adult day care for clients with Dementia and Alzheimers. My Mom has dementia, and I have to say, such centers are such a blessing when you do not want to put your loved one into a 'facility'.

  For this 2nd card, I cut our the ghosts on my Silhouette and just added a sentiment from Create with TLC.

Catch the Bug- Color Challenge - 1st card

My Mom is still here with me, and we have been having a great time with the beautiful color changes here:

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Friday, October 21, 2016

One Layer

  I am trying to create CAS and one layer cards, so jumped at the chance for this Asian mingle. I always love seeing what other members of the mingle come up with.

   I stamped the image on post-it notes and made a mask, fussy cut it out. I stamped the image and then placed the mask over it.  I masked 1/2" on all sides also using post-it notes.  I sponged on the red. The leaf and Kanji images were then stamped onto the red. I colored the image using Copics, There is Sakura Stardust Gelky roll pen on the calligraphy pen holder and around the edge of the red mask.
  I bought the Geisha and leaf/bird image at a stamp sale, so do not know who makes them.

 My partner Nancy F. sent me this cool card:

 The red is embossed. I do not know where she got this cool Asian Washi, but I love it. I turned the card on its side for picture taking just for the Washi.

Challenges (for the first card) card:
Alphabet Challenge- Q is for quick and simple
Crazy Challange- Red

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Saturday, October 15, 2016

DDD September and October

 Well, it is that time of the month, and I missed the last 2 months.....  happy to say I found some stamping time and am able to join in on the Dueling Darlings challenge for this month, and included a card from last month as well.

 This month, our kit was from Paola, and it included some gorgeous Fall colors!  I really enjoyed putting this card together. I am going to use this for a 60th Birthday, and put, "That you made it to 60" on the inside!!!  I love the gorgeous ribbon we received and it is prettier IRL.
 I love the colors of the leaves on the ground, and am amazed on how Mother Nature works her magic with the Fall beauty!

 I made a card from the kit Tracey sent last month as well- love this kit as well!

 Tracey (and Barb) also had a fall theme w.colors and used owls as a theme, so I got to have some coloring fun. I cut out the image with a Memory Box stitched die and colored it in with Copics. The ribbon is from Paola's kit, and I flipped it over to the backside- beautiful ribbon! The leaves, brads and doily die are all recollections.

 We are to mention our favorite trick or treating event. I have many- we lived in a neighborhood with many large families.  We had one house where a local orthodontist would dress up and lay down in a coffin out on his front porch. When we went to his door, he would sit up (scare the pants off some of the kids) and give you your treat.  We always loved going there- it was scary, but fun too.

  The Dueling Darlings are a group on Splitcoaststampers. We are divided up into the Divas and the ***Dazzlers***. Each group receives a kit, and we all create with a like theme.  Then, we hop to each others blogs to see what everyone has created. The links are on my sidebar- stop on by and see how the other ladies interpreted the theme : )

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