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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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Unusual Sympathy Card

I made a card for a SCS cardmaker that is such a nice person- not only inspirational, but most encouraging. She also makes gorgeous Asian cards. She has recently lost her husband, so I made her this card:

 I was a bit late- I seem to do alot of that lately.....  But, had to send a card.  I played with a stamp I bought at a garage sale which I thought looked like water (Stampscapes) and a Koi die by Cheery Lynn Designs. I had a shimmery orange scrap that was screaming to be used. I added a few highlights with a white paint pen.

 Hoping you are having a fabulous day!

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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Hey Pun'kin

It seems the last few months have flown by!  We are getting to the beautiful fall season, with changing colors and cooler days.  The thing I love best about this season is Pumpkin pie and Pumpkin decorating, well and fall colors..... : )

 I made a couple of Fall themed cards using a Michael Strong stamp set that I recently purchased. This is almost a one layer card, I added the pumpkins, the leaf and the flower as a 2nd layer.

 Next, I tried a one layer card CASE'ing a card I saw on Stamp TV.  I will try this again- it was quite fun : )

 Finally, here is a card I received in a 1-4-1 card swap in the Michael Strong Yahoo group
by Carla.

 Too sweet, Huh?

I have been MIA- and here is why- My son was married this past weekend in Breckenridge : )

  The wedding was at the Griffith Lodge in Breckenridge.

Here is a sweet picture:

 Chris, Kayla and my mother Kathleen (Kaye).

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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Sunflowers and Coins

I made an ATC for a lottery we have on About Oriental Art Yahoo Group (AOSA).  Our theme was Sunflowers and a coin and of course, an Oriental themed design.

 I had a napkin with a sunflower on it. I pulled off the back layers, then crumpled it up. I took ATC blank and put it through the Xyron. I uncrumpled the napkin and applied it to the sticky side of the ATC. I stamped some Kanji in Black then stamped and a little gold Kanji. Added some gold cord, then added the stamped and embossed Asian coin. I had to add some shimmer with Wink of Stella. Then, dragged the ATC through Versamark and added a touch of gold on the edges.
  We are off to Colorado on Wednesday for the wedding next Sunday.  Wish us good weather and sunshine.  Life is Good!

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Technique Junkies ATC swap

The Technique Junkies  Yahoo Group still exists- we have a group of ladies that does an ATC swap every 2 months. The only requirement is that we use a technique from any TJ newsletter or CD.

 This is called depressed stains- the embossing is flattened down after it is highlighted- I have been wanting to give this technique a go.  The image is Technique Junkies.

And, these are the ATC's  received back:

 Lt Marilyn Hughes- Technique Strips
Rt- Mitzi -Twinkling Watercolors

 Lt: Beth Cutwright- Washi Herringbone
Rt: Holly Brown Watercolor Reinker

Lt: Julie Garlit- Patchwork
Priscilla LaBranche- Chalk Lines

 and the cat/screen open shows the TJ technique

 I am still MIA a bit- My Mom is still here with me- we are both doing Physical Therapy and that takes up a bit of time. She will be heading to my sisters home 9/16, and then..... I will be getting ready for my son's wedding in Colorado the beginning of October : )

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Finale DTGD 2016

So this is the end of the cards I made for DTGD (Dare to Get Dirty) at Splitcoaststampers.

I made this card using a die from Memory Box that I just had to have (2 yrs ago maybe) and just finally am using it. The stamp is SU.  I cut the die out three times and layered some of the different colors on the flowers. 

 This is called a Bendi card, and there is a tutorial on the Splitcoaststampers site. It was not really terribly hard to create......  I will do this again!

 Here is a card using a Technique Junkies stamp and a digi by Create with TLC. I embossed the image in Black.

 I used this stamp set for the very first time.....  I made a CAS spotlight card.

   The color on this is a tiny bit wonky.  The stamp is Northwood and the sentiment is Create with TLC. I colored with Copics. The white BG is embissed with a script EF. There is a stencil I sponged on Ballet Blue to give a touch of dimension.

MIA just a touch again, I have my Mom here and we are not in my creative space making cards.....
Maybe tomorrow!

The DTGD challenge prizes were just awarded- and Wahoo!  I won a $50.00 gift certificate to Stamp-N-Store!!!  How cool is that!

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

I got Dirty!

I was able to do all of the DTGD cards for 2016- yippee!  More of the cards:

 This fun card uses a retired SU image- Oh baby- this is a real man. So sad the girls of today don't have this for eye candy : )

I used a dictionary page, ripped it up and highlighted the loose edges with Tangerine ink. The image and sentiment are from Create with TLC.

 A CAS card using an 'unused' Su set

 A scene made from punches : )  My husband is squirrel crazy- this one is Gina Marie

 A fun background on watercolor paper.  I used the Misti to get a good image.  Image is Unity and small tag sentiment SU.

 This background is a Gelli plate card. The sentiment is Create with TLC, images Lawn Fawn.
 I have been MIA- I had to go out of town for a funeral. It was my Dad's last surviving sister. So weird to think- it is the end of their generation!

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Saturday, August 6, 2016


I had a few minutes to play today, so made a couple of cards for the DTGD challenge at Splitcoaststampers.

 I love this image- when Krista, owner at Saturated Canary offered to make digi's for a limited number of requests, I sent in a picture of my youngest Stephanie running and requested an image. Stephi developed Vocal Cord Dysfunction in High School that significantly affected her times. She worked with a Speech Therapist and finally in college, was able to get her rhythm back. She joined the running club at college, and ended up winning 1st place in the 6K race 2 years in a row in outdoor running. For Cross Country, she was 6th in the country Junior year and 4th in the country Senior year.  The club running kids run with a National Organization called NIRCA.  I love that she worked so hard to overcome adversity, and worked hard at achieving her personal goals.
 Sentiments are from TLC.  I cut 2 sentiments apart to get Go Green!

This is a card for a relative who just had a huge surgery- praying for a speedy recovery and a decrease in her pain soon!

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Friday, August 5, 2016

DTGD Day 6

I moved way slower today, I want to enjoy this process- not worried about whether or not I can do all of the challenges....  rather, enjoying the process and still on a mission to 'use unused stuff'!!!

I made a card from Day 5 and have a person in mind to send it to, she will get a huge kick out of it...
The background is very shimmery- wish it showed up.  The stamps are Sweet Stamps- nice to open them up.  Colored with Copics.

  Next, I found a Die-Version die I had not used (but loved), and made up a wedding card that I need in November. The cardstock is Paper Temptress- beautiful shimmer to it : )  except the black. I embossed the SU sentiment with black EP. The corner dies are Cheery Lynn. The panel under the couple is simply put through an embossing folder. There is a sheet of Vellum over the Ivory cardstock backing- it is old, old SU.

Back to the beach for the next card. I just got these seahorses from Michael Strong Stamps. I made this background in Turquoise, and added a little white with bubble wrap. The sentiment is Create with TLC. I added a little sea weed in Wild Wasabi using a Cheery Lynn die.

 Lastly, I made a card that is so not my style, but like doing this alot- and made 2 of these.  Another unused Die-Versions and a Sweet Stamps stencil.

 My Mother is back at my house, so we will be having some Friday fun- but not too much- she is tired from her adventures in Mass. and NH with my brother and sis!

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