Monday, August 14, 2017

Time and Roses

You all know the saying, "Take time to smell the roses."  Easier said than done.  This summer has been SO BUSY.  I'm having a hard time staying on top of things - forget the idea of getting ahead.  So with this busy summer of LOTS of grandchildren, other out of town guests, garden, flower beds, running errands for an aging mom, I have to constantly remind myself to enjoy the summer, the produce in the garden, the blessing of having grands here, and yes, the roses.  
Here is a card I made a while back (when I had free time ! lol) but posting here today and at the Dies R Us Inspirational blog  because it was my turn to share there.

The roses, jasmine, and stitched oval are all Elizabeth Crafts Designs dies.  I love them.  There are so many little pieces to these roses but I find it relaxing to sponge color on each petal and then assemble them. I had decided on the colors before I went scrounging around in the designer paper pieces.  Pretty thrilled that I still had this piece with the roses on it.
I have three huge bouquets of dahlias and gladiolas in the house right now but I should be able to pick enough roses this evening for another bouquet.  One can never have too many vases of flowers.  That's why we have 40 rose bushes and 20 dahlia plants. 

Thanks for looking.

Challenges:
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Die Cut Divas - anything
Crop Stop - anything
Joy Clair - anything
7 Kids - anything
Virginia's Summer challenge
Cardz TV Anything goes
Cardz TV Crazy Crafters - anything

Saturday, July 29, 2017

A Tree Firmly Planted

The challenge at Words 2 Craft By is to make a card inspired by this quote:
"Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth." When looking at the key words, liberty, root, plant, growth, I was reminded of the verses in Psalms 1: 1-3:
" Blessed is the one who does walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on His (God's) law day and night.  That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season.  Its leaves never wither.  In all that he does, he prospers. "
For my card I used two digital stamps.  I started with the tree, faded it out, then put the verse on top.  After printing, I added just a touch of green to the tree which normally prints black and white.
For the main panel under the oval I played with my one and only oxide ink pad, rubbing it on a piece of white cardstock then sprayed it with water and lastly stamped leaves (from a GKD set).  It isn't very clear, but the button in the middle of the twine is a maple leaf.  Recently I started supplying cards to a lady at my church who loves to send out cards.  I hope she likes this one.  (I do - heehee)
Thanks for looking.

Challenges:
Words 2 Craft By - quote
Simon Wednesday - anything
Joy Clair - anything
7 Kids - anything
Cardz TV - anything
Stamploration CAS


Just for the Pun of It

Sometimes it is fun to make a silly card, hoping to bring a smile to the recipient.  I made this card with a digital image and sentiment that Ginny Maxam offered on her blog some time ago.  Thanks Ginny.
Materials used:
Elizabeth Craft Stitched Ovals die
Cuttlebug embossing folder
Washi tape
Olive pearls
Sequins
Sketch used:

Thanks for looking.  I hope it made you smile.

Challenges:
MFT - sketch 
Simon Wednesday - anything
Simon Monday - edges
Work it Wednesday - bling
Joy Clair - anything
7 Kids - anything
Cardz TV - anything
Stamploration CAS


Friday, July 28, 2017

Double Layered Sunflower

Sure having fun with this digital stamp by Power Poppy and the challenge to CASE a Bloomie.

This card was inspired by Stacy Morgan.  I changed only a few things because I love it so much - can't improve perfection.   Here is Stacy's card:
The flower is Sunflower Power.  The sentiment is from the digital set Roses and Chamomile.  For her card she printed the sunflower twice, cut out the bloom and then added it on top of the first printed flower.  I really like that dimension so I did the same.
Thanks for looking. 


Challenges:
Power Poppy - CASE
Simon Wednesday - anything
Time Out - good thoughts, sunbeams
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Work It Wednesday - bling
Joy Clair - anything
7 Kids - anything

Thursday, July 27, 2017

More Balloons

Using the same patterned paper as the last card but this time as the background, I made another card with balloons using two dies, an Elizabeth Crafts Stitched Oval and Paper Sweeties balloon die.

After the balloons were stamped and cut, I colored them with Copics.  I used a Prisma pencil to go over the stitch lines on the oval.  I think I like this card better than the one yesterday but both are fun and will send both cards to Send A Smile 4 Kids.

Challenges:
CASology - balloons
Stamplorataion - warm colors
Stamploration CAS
Joy Clair - anything
7 Kids - anything
Word Art Wednesday - anything

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Party Balloons

Balloons and parties just go together.  I used some old patterned paper to make these balloons with the Stamploration dies, cutting out some of the fun words.

Between the base piece of patterned paper and the frame, I inserted a piece of window sheet that I cut with the base die. 

Challenges:
CASology - balloons
Scrapyland - anything with dies
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Stamploration CAS
 Joy Clair - anything
7 Kids - anything
Crop Stop - anything
Stamploration Never ending challenge 


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Another CASEd card

Here is another card I CASED, again from Cindy Lawrence.
Here is Cindy's card:
I loved how she did the bow on the side and the strip of stripes.
The image I used is a Poppy Power digital stamp which I colored with Copics.
Oval die is Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Ovals. 

Thanks for looking.

Challenges:
Power Poppy - CASE a Bloomie
Crop Stop - anything
Joy Clair - anything
7 Kids - anything
Yes, Virginia - anything
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Cardz TV - anything
Mailbox Smiles - anything
Scrapyland - anything with die