Sunday, December 25, 2016

Some Christmas cards I have worked on this year.  Certainly not enough but fun and special.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Stamp-A-Faire Mastering Drips and Splatters

This class was really challenging to me because I get terrified when I have to drip and splatter onto a stamped image.  Luckily this was an attempt at just creating a background so I was able to get it done thanks to Lizzie Jones making it appear easy!

This was the card I ended up with after just mixing up some of the Papertrey inks in an ice cube tray and adding water.   I had the most trouble with the stiff brush spatter... seemed to come out too fine.  And, who knew that dragging a piece of yarn soaked in watercolor could come out looking so cool!  The inks are Papertrey and the sentiment is also a Papertrey stamp.  I need to try doing this over a stamped image.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

So Much Fun!

These are my three finished cards!  More to come!

Stamp-A-Faire 2016 #2

 Today I was able to watch the video below by Kay Miller for the Papertrey Stamp-A-Faire.  I loved what she did with stamping and then using water to blend and make it look like a watercolor.  Well, I watched and I tried and although I like my results, I am pretty sure I could improve with lots and lots of practice.  Her results really look like a watercolor and she has less smudge. 

My first attempt!
 I used the Forget Me Not Papertrey stamp set and used Blueberry Sky, Spring Rain, Vintage Jadite, & Simply Chartreuse Inks.  In the end I didn't like the centers so I used some lavender moon.  Lesson learned... leave well enough alone.  Loved this technique and will try it again.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Today is.... Stamp-A-Faire 2016

Papertrey Ink Stamp-A-Faire 2016
This is what I am doing today!  One of my favorite stamp companies is having this free online event.  I am vowing to get at least one card on here and this is the color palette I am choosing.

Now to get busy!!

     It took me hours to complete this one card.  A mother-in-law with dementia is similar to having small children underfoot but you are older and find it hard to multi-task. *smile*  She is getting quite needy so I don't have a lot of time.  I LOVE this die from Papertrey Ink's July release.  I have the matching stamps but decided to use the inks from the color recipe, sponged them onto a piece of white card and then cut it out.  I backed it with white and after stamping an IO background, again using all of the inks from the recipe, I mounted the die cut.  Finished it up with some sequins. 

Here is a link to the challenge..

Saturday, July 9, 2016

One Day Out of Thirty

30 Day Coloring Challenge
I am behind with my coloring but thought I would start with this page I colored in this wonderful coloring book from Amazon .com

This is the one I chose today... love this verse!

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Going, Going, gone!  About 75 pounds down.

I have not been stamping or making any cards but I sure have been buying!  
I'm all set for a Tim Holtz class @ ONLINE CARD CLASSES 

Another thing I have been doing is organizing, or trying to.   I got some bags from Totally Tiffany and some Storage Cubes and also a new bookcase to put all of these things into.  

I need to stop buying and start using!  *smile*   

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

This is what I have been doing.... losing weight!  Not a lot of card making because I have not been feeling well enough to sit for long periods of time and my shoulder is still not up to par but... I started a weight loss healthy eating plan on October 2, 2015 and I have lost 30 pounds.  Many more to go but.. one day at a time!  :)

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Where Have I Been?

I have been feeling awful... pain, aches, and more pain.  My shoulder in January and just a complete feeling of something ain't right.  I am attempting to turn things around as shown on my Lean Body page and I am feeling better.  I am not sitting making cards as much as I would like but some of that is due to my mother-in-law's increasing dementia symptoms and not my health.  

I have made a handful of cards.  Literally.

Hoping to get back to my joy soon.  


Monday, June 29, 2015

Two More Pocket Letters in the Making

Yesterday I spent some time working on two more pocket letters.  They are not done but I am enjoying the process.

These are not done and only a few have the goodies in the back but I thought it would be good to see the process I use.  One of the things I really like is that each pocket is its own little piece of art and I can just work on it or I can get several done at a time.

The letters will be the hardest because it is difficult for me to hold a pen and write with my head looking down at the paper.  Part of the joy of the "letter" is that it is handwritten so I will keep writing.

Fun.  Lots of fun!!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Oh Oh! Pocket Letters

I hardly need to find new addictions.  Yet here I am with a new one... Pocket Letters.  This is my first of many to come.  I love using my scraps and have really enjoyed learning about them and viewing the treasures people have made on Pinterest.  This craft was begun by Janette Lane.  Fun!!!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Another swap card.  This one is made from Simon Says Stamp's June kit.  I love the sun withe the glasses.  The rainbow washi isreally pretty.   

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

An upcoming swap calls for a masculine card and I am not all that fond of them.  I don't have a lot of masculine type stamps... no deer or rifles or trucks.  (Kidding... I know that doesn't describe all men BUT,) when you look at examples many of them have those elements.  Lisa Babitz gets my prize for masculine cads.  I love the way she puts them together and when I grow up... I want to be like her. :)  
So... Tim Holtz is a man and I like his Distress Inks... therefore, this is a masculine card?  Hmmmmm?!

There are a lot of stamp companies involved in this one... some I can't even tell you.  The car is Melanie Sage, the bird Tim Holtz.  The numbers are Thursday or Friday something and the Happy Birthday & stars,  Simon Says Stamp.   All the different phrase stamps have been collected here and there through my loooonnnng stamping life.  

All in all I had fun with this one.   I am still in a lot of pain from my shoulder.  The doc will not give me an MRI so I guess it doesn't matter why I am in pain... I have adhesive capsillitus which basically is frozen shoulder.  (according to the doctor who will not do an MRI and is clearly looking thru a crystal ball)  Grr!  I am doing the exercises at home right now, religiously, even though I have an order for therapy, because it is so painful... I just cannot bear one more stretch from my therapist.  I really do my exercises though and hope that within the next couple of weeks I can get it back to where it was before my second graceful incident which made my arm worse.  As long as I can make some cards here and there... I am happy! 

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Mod Squad Challenge

I have not been feeling well so have been out of commission for awhile.  I saw that Lisa Babitz posted a challenge and I wanted to give it a try so....
I used a border punch four times, stuck it down to some double sided sticky paper and then cut out multiple borders in rainbow colors.  I took the throw away little colors and place them in the openings.  I love the way it came out.  The border punch is from GinaK and the Hello is Lawn Fawn.

Then I cut out a Hello die and colored a piece of white card stock with rainbow colors.   I mounted it all on GinaK black paper... have I mention how much I love her paper?  :)

                                                  Mod Squad Challenge Blog

Friday, March 6, 2015

Altenew challenge #2

Another card for the Altenew challenge.   I used the missing you stamp from one of their sets and the flower is Verve.

What Shell We Create GinaK challenge

                                                    What Shell We Create Challenge GinaK

I wish I had more GinaK stamp sets!  I only have a few and so I used the little banner, save the date and birds, part of the Folk Filagree set with an old Outlines stamp.  I think most people up north can agree.. Save the Date... SUMMER!   I imagine for most, it can't get here soon enough.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Altenew March Challenge

I have been suffering with this left arm pain for over a month so have not posted many cards and certainly have not been doing challenges.  That being said, today I saw one from Altenew and could not resist.

I purchased three sets in January from Altenew, one with very bold sentiments, and I just love them. I'm looking forward to purchasing some more with my birthday money.  LOL!!!  (No one actually said I would be getting any birthday money)

Monday, February 16, 2015

Three swap cards and a whine.

No news about my iMac repair.  Seems as though the guy I brought it to has a lot on his plate, so who can tell how long it will take for him to actually fix my computer.

In the meantime I am on this Toshiba and am really hating the keyboard.  I think I find one or two errors in each sentence.  I never thought I had a light touch when I type but, this is getting bothersome.

My left arm that has been paining me is still in pain, but, might be a bit better.  Did I go to a doctor?  No.  I asked my doctor, in passing, when I brought my mother-in-law in for her checkup.  He showed me two exercises I could do and I have been kinda - sorta doing them.  I cannot lift my left arm beyond half way above the waist so whipping my hair into a hair clip has been impossible.  The pain is not as intense so I have stamped and that is all that really matters, right?  LOL!!!

Here are a couple cards I have been making for swaps.

Inside message; A Joyous Easter

The other big issue about a broken down computer is that I cannot seem to get picture's off of my camera.  Very frustrating!!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

This is for an upcoming red and pink swap.  My iMac died today and all of my photos are on it.  This... was on my phone.  Arghhhh!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Texture on Cards 2

This was the second technique for the texture on cards.  Die cutting words etc. same color as card and making a background.  Yet another, "not my favorite" card.  I need to re-work this one and add something at the top.   Too clean and too simple. :)

Texture on Cards

 Day 4 of class was about adding texture to cards.  One way was to add stitching.  I have enough trouble with my eyes that it makes this one really tough.  I attempted to do the "fill in" type of stitching but it is really difficult to see where the next stitch goes, so, I did the outline stitch.  Not my favorite card and not my favorite technique.

Not to say I would not try this again... maybe my eyes will work better someday.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Clean and Simple Die Cutting

Day 2 of the online card class; Clean and Simple Die Cutting 4.  I didn't have a good border die to use so I was able to use one of the largest rectangle spellbinders dies.  I used three colors of Distress Ink, dark to light.  The cupcake is GinaK and the sentiment is Simon Says Stamp.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Layered Inking

This card is from Day 3 of the online class, Layered Inking.  I really love the way this came out and this is the first time I used the two dies, Cats and Fence. 

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Clean & Simple Online Class

Clean & Simple Card Making 4
I love these card classes!  Here is my card for Day 3.
The card is made by using Gesso to stamp the nibs image then using Distress Inks in three different colors and blending with water and a brush at the end.  The elephant is a sizzix die and the write soon is from a label maker.

Fun technique taught by Julie Ebersole.

p.s.  If you try stamping with Gesso... CLEAN OFF STAMPS QUICKLY!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Swap Cards

Just when I think that my painful arm is calming down, I bend and reach the wrong way and... arghhh!  So, I have been limited to making cards for specific swaps.  I am posting those below... hope you like them!
Torn Paper

Punch Art

Looking Out

Green & Blue


And this.. is for me.  I have a feeling this will be on my wall, for a long time!!
I really do appreciate your comments when you stop by for a visit.  I am sorry I have not been "making the rounds" to see your wonderful creations.