Wednesday, October 22, 2014
I was at it again today with another card for the Hambo Stamps October challenge.  Today came, my middle of the night brainstorm, a shaker card. I used the adorable artist pig again who seems to have accidentally gotten paint all over his painter's coat while he has created a "window" scene with trees and leaves and sequins.  Of course his little black cat is looking on hoping that he'll have time once he is finished, to pour some milk in a bowl at the very least.

I created the wallpaper using a couple tiny stamps from Wplus9, the trees from Memory Box, the shaker circle with a Spellbinders die and the little black kitty is from Impression Obsession.

I love this pig so much... he'll be back!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Yesterday I discovered some fun digital images at Hambo Stamps and purchased a few images to give digi's a try.  I did try digi's a few years ago but had trouble with our printer and gave up.  There are so many sweet digi's and let's face it.. the price is right!

So, with all that being said I am joining their October challenge... pigs.  They seriously have some of the cutest pig images.  There is a stamp set I need with pigs sitting at the table and all that is left of the cake is.. candles.

Here is my first submission;
I used Prismacolor pencils to color him in and I must admit to Wink of Stella.  Ohpigpoop might be an old Stampin up set. I totally forgot is Totally Tuesday and Thanks is from a small Hero Arts set.   What a cute image!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

I have now officially lost track of how many Christmas cards I have completed.  I think that is a good thing... or not.  This card is being entered into two challenges; 
Christmas Cards All Year Round
The Crafty Bloggers Network

Challenges are a lot of fun because they give you direction.  I need to thank Kitty @ KTDESIGNS aka FitKitty for pointing me in the direction of these challenges.

This card was a lot of fussy work for me.  I stitched around the sentiment, (GinaK) with gold thread.  Used my crimper to crimp the pink paper and used shabby white embossing powder to emboss along the edge.  The paper was scrap paper purchased many years ago but the interesting thing is that the small piece cut out above the bird, giving him a hat, came from an empty tissue box.  I can't be the only one who thinks these tissue boxes are too pretty to toss!  I used the Eliza snowflake die from Simon Says Stamp and sprayed it with gold mist. (and my hands and the top of my laptop)

Lots of sequins and gold confetti.  Like glitter, one can never have too many sequins or confetti.  Thanks for looking at my card!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Yesterday was a good day as far as making cards go.  I was able to come up with two even though I have had some extra difficulty with my darn eyes.  I rigged up a light that is way above my table and it does help a bit.  I am going to need to post on one of the groups I belong to asking for OTT light advice.  Bob is so good about buying me what I need, and want.  Yesterday it was Perfect Rulers... today light so I can see the perfect rulers.  (insert smilie face)

Here is my last card of yesterday;

 Those cute little animals came from a Recollections set I purchased last year.  I don't have that wonderful film strip die, (another want) so I created one with a sizzix die and cut it to look like one.  I have glitter all over my phone case so I figured pull out the glitter again, why not?

I die cut letters and doubled them before I dipped them into glitter.  Is there a way to dip my whole card in glitter?  That would be a keeper!!

Entered into the October challenge here....

                                    Christmas Cards All Year Round

On a personal note... I was blessed to find that the eye clinic I need to go to for my Birdshot Chorioretinopathy is building a HUGE new clinic at their Naples site which will open in Spring of 2015.  That is half way between me and Miami.  I have been praying for a remedy to the Miami trips and it would seem that my prayers may have been answered.  I am feeling encouraged.  Now, to get the insurance company and the doctors and ..... in other words,  more prayers needed!  (insert BIG smilie)  Thank you all who have prayed for me.

Friday, October 17, 2014

At this point I think I have used all of the embossed images that I had done after viewing Kristina Werner's holiday card day 4.  I added a red & white dot background paper and the red & white striped ribbon.  The ribbon story is that it came from a box of chocolates someone gave me umpteen years ago and I like to validate my reputation for hoarding craft supplies that I can use someday.  

The little Merry Christmas sentiment comes from the same set as the cups and stockings, Wplus9.

Red & White Christmas cards make me happy. 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

I had so much fun using Kristina Werner's technique on a turqoise background that I decided to try it on a red and white background.  The gingerbread paper was from a pad I bought at Tuesday Morning.   I have mentioned several times that I hate my Recollections snow white embossing powder.  It is driving me crazy.  Today I refilled my versamark pad thinking just maybe it was THAT and not the powder.  No.  I need to find something better.

These adorable images with the heart insert are from Wplus9.  I went loopy again with my uni ball pen.  I am a "one or the other" type of gal.  White uni ball pen or wink of stella.  

The most pop up on this card comes from gluing three Lawn Fawn joy die cuts together and then covering it in glitter.  I need for these cards to go through the mail with no additional postage.

I like this one as much as the turqoise one.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Kristina Werner's Holiday card series Day 4

I did not have the stamp set that Kristina used but I did have some stamps from the Simon Says Stamp Ugly Sweater set and so I used that to fill in the Stampin Up paper.  I still hate the Recollections embossing powder but I am stuck with it so I will be embossing my heart out!  The sentiment is from a Martha Stewart stamp set.  I didn't feel as though I got good coverage when I dragged the bottom of the panel through the Versamark and I do not have the embossing pen that she has so I admit to touching up with a bit of uni ball white.  

I watched the video in bed before I got up this morning and the minute I saw it I knew the sweater set stamps would work.  I like it a lot.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Have I mentioned how much I love Kristina Werner ??  Maybe a few times less than say, one hundred?  Today was her Christmas card number three and I gave it a try.  I did not have the same stamps nor did I have the same Distress inks but I think my card came out great.  I still struggle with blending but know that the more I do it... the easier it will become.

Here is my card;
I am not sure if I can cut that star off the wood mount stamp but I am definitely going to try before I use it again.  The stamp comes out a bit blobby and I tried fixing it with a gold uni ball pen.  If I can remove it I might be able to find another star in a polymer set.

Friday, October 10, 2014

For quite some time I have been admiring, swooning, drooling, and fixating on cards made by;
Kittie Caracciolo

Feel free to go off and take a look at the incredible pieces of art she calls, cards.  They are phenomenal.  So, wanting to be like Kittie, I purchased several dies (well, Bob did) and I have set out to try my hand at creating some cards similar to Kittie's masterpieces.

I realize now, I had no idea what I was doing and yet, here is the picture of the beginning of my card.  I have some temp glue holding the cats, tree and birds in place and I have now decided to ink a sky onto another same size piece of cardstock and use dimensional strips to mount it to the inside.

That is not what she did... now I realize, but I will get the hand of it eventually.  Here is my first attempt.
I really CASE'D one of Kittie's cards as far as the wainscotting and cats but added the outside tree with the birds.  It is not done but I think another 6 hours and I should have it.  LOL!!!  I have fallen off the deep end.   Do go and see her wonderful cards.

Thursday, October 9, 2014
Watercolors is the challenge this week.

I have always loved Inkadinkadoo's inchies.  I have almost all of them and mostly, it would seem, I like to look at them.  Since I had not used the fall ones I decided the time had come.  I recently purchased some dies from Sizzix and one was a grid that works perfectly with inchies so...

I used one of my 6 x 6 inch pads to cut border squares that fit into the grid.  Then I cut the smaller squares from Gina K cream layering and stamped an assortment of inchies on the squares using distress ink. I popped them up and then decided to color some with watercolor.

Used an oak leaf punch and created a cluster of leaves on to of some twirled in a bunch bronze embroidery floss.  Topped the leaves off with three sequins from Wrights.

The card is 5 x 5 and I am going to make an envelope for it using my envelope maker.  I'll add that later.