Thursday, March 15, 2018

Glimpses of Spring

Still waiting for Spring around here.  We get teased with a few beautiful, sunny, warm days then back to gray, rain, cold.  But we know Spring is coming and before long we will be complaining about being to hot in the summer!
Using up some printed and stamped pieces.  I had this little gal by From the Heart printed up from last year.

Using the Tuesday Morning Sketch as my guide, I cut out the words with the Stamploration die cuts.
Distress oxide around the edges (spritzed with water just for the fun of it!)

Simon Monday - spring
Simon Wednesday - spring/Easter photo inspiration
Cuttlebug Mania - spring
MFT - color challenge
Stamploration Theme - spring
Stamploration Anything Goes
Joy Clair - anything goes/spring photo inspiration
Power Poppy - fabric inspiration

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Have A Blast

What a cute stamp this is for a boy's birthday.  Perfect for the sketch at MFT this week.   Inside:  It's Your Birthday.  Have a Blast!"

The rubber stamp is by 2 Cute stamps.  I colored the image with Copics.
Background paper is from a DCWV paper stack, All About Boys. 
Silver Stars are cut from silver metallic paper with a Verve Die.
So easy but I sometimes need easy!

MFT sketch:

Word Art Wednesday - anything
Cardz TV - anything

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Just Open The Door

Some of you will appreciate this post, others will ignore it, some will even be offended by it (the latter being the reaction of our times) but I am thoroughly and completely thrilled for being on the launch team for a newly released book, Just Open The Door.

For the past few years I have been getting serious about listening and obeying the prompting of the Holy Spirit. (I told you some of you would be offended)  I am almost 70 and I have wasted so many years. I can't go back in time but I can go forward.  One of the things God is impressing upon my heart is to take care of the widows.  The other thing is to open my home, to be hospitable.  I'm very uncomfortable with both.  So I knew the Lord was getting my attention, once again, when I was offered the chance to promote a book, Just Open The Door.   I knew I needed this book.  Oh, boy, did I need this book!  And I must say, I am loving it.  Easy to read.  Practical help. The author is real - shares the good and bad.  A "yes you can" approach.
Would you like to read the first few chapters for free?
Jen Schmidt, the author, has provided a free sampler.  Go HERE now.  It will encourage you; it will inspire you.    You are going to LOVE it.
Come back and share with me your first impressions after reading the first chapter.

Green and Gold

Here is my second St. Patrick's Day Card.

Even after photographing this from several angles, in different light sources, I still could not capture some of the true greens.  The background pattern paper is really more green than the photo shows.  The edges are sponged with Green Pistachio distress ink.  All the cut outs were done with the Silhouette except for the gold circle.  It was cut out with one of the Die-namic Circle Stax dies.
The shamrock is two layers, the top lighter green popped up with dimensionals.  The beautiful gold trimmed sticker in the middles is from a package of puffy stickers I purchased at the dollar store.
Here is the inside of the card:
The colored shamrocks are digital images by Doodle Pantry.  The line drawn shamrocks from Vanilla Arts (coloring practice sheet).

Die Cuttin Divas - green
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Die Cut Divas - monochromatic
Work It Wednesday - green
Joy Clair - anything
Power Poppy - inspired by fabric

Friday, March 9, 2018

Going Green

It's that time of year again when I make two cards for St. Patrick's Day.  We aren't Irish so it is amusing to me that one of my daughters loves this day.  And now her hubby expects a St Patty's Day card too.  (He is my biggest fan of my card making so I make sure he gets plenty of cards! haha)

I love this leprechaun .  He is by Dearie Dolls.  There is an outline and a colored version but I love to color so I used the outline and colored him with Copics.
Those adorable shamrock stickers I found at the Dollar store.  Background paper is textured cardstock from my stash.
I usually put a humorous Irish blessing on the inside of the card.  This time I just went with "going green"
The shamrocks are digital images by Doodle Pantry.

Time Out - bold
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Work It Wednesday - green
Joy Clair - anything
Patties Creations - green
Power Poppy - inspired by fabric

MFT Sketch
MFT color challenge
Stamploration Theme - Spring

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Several Fun Techniques

Every once in awhile a card comes together nicely . All the colors work together, the layout is proportioned right, the techniques turned out.  I am happy to report that I am happy with this card.  👧
It actually turned out better than I hoped for !

After embossing the white card stock, I sponged a little bit of Sahara Sand ink on the raised images.  Also sponged some on the edges of the sentiment oval.  The vertical strip is rubbed with Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide ink. The lovely ecru lace is from my mom's stash of lace.  I cut out the butterfly from Stampin'Up! Sahara Sand cardstock with a Birch Press die then rubbed a bit of distress ink in the center of the butterfly.  Card base is same cardstock.

Simon Wednesday - girly
All Sorts Challenge - ladies only
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Dies R Us - pastels
Stamploration Theme - spring
Power Poppy - fabric inspiration board

Joy Clair - anything
Deep Oceans - shabby/chic

Monday, March 5, 2018

More Spring Inspiration

For today's card I used the same Stamploration stamp, embossed with white and colored with Copics but with a different sketch.
I used the same M-bossabilities folder but this is the other side. (The Spellbinder M-bossabilites embossing folders have two designs in one folder.)
Sketch is MFT:
MFT sketch
Simon Wednesday - anything
All Sorts Challenge - Ladies only
Cuttlebug Mania - ribbon and bow
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Joy Clair - anything (photo inspiration)