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.

Friday, January 2, 2015

This is a card for a winter scene swap I am sending out tomorrow.  I love that mica glitter.  Still in a lot of pain so I remain less wordy.  Thank you all for visiting, your kind words and good thoughts.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Shaker Card

Shoulder pain... will try to post about this later.

Very quickly, I used my new Sizzix large primitive star die and cut a piece of thick fun foam.  Then I stamped the little Unity stamp image and colored with copic's.  Die cut some Simon Say's Stamp hearts and tumbled them down the left side.  Used sequins and some tiny bears, hearts and stars to fill the shaker.

My husband realized that this must be his because.. he is my main squeeze!

My shoulder and bicep pain is nearly unbearable so I have no patience for typing.  Thanks for looking!!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Red & White

Red & White seems to be a popular Christmas card color this year as we have received so many and I can't get them out of my head!!  We have red & white holly leaves, red & white poinsettias, and red and white subway art style.  I purchased a Stampin' Up snowflake die to go along with my Simon Says Stamp big die and my punches.  Add red & white washi tape and some red & white brads from my stash and voila!

We are up to our necks in snow albeit the artificial kind.  My favorite this year came from Micheal's to set our Dept. 56 Christmas houses on and it is lucious! All these sparkly tinsel strands and it is so fluffy.  It actually makes me desire a trip to Michael's... and then I envision the line and I come to my senses. 

Here is my exciting news.  Actually two bits of exciting news.  My granddaughter gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, Gabriella.  This is great-grandbaby number two!  Her adorable son, Trystan was born two Christmas' ago.

My second, not as important exciting news is that Hobby Lobby is built and opens on the 26th!  It is no more than 10 minutes away.  I may camp out just to be there when the doors open.   It is just fun to have choices. 

Thanks for visiting and Merry Christmas!!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Houses on a Hill

I'm having a terrible problem with my left arm and shoulder so I am going to keep the blog to posting this card I made yesterday.  All Distress ink, no sparkle and all die cut.  I think they are Simon Says.  Pain shuts my brain off.  LOL!!!  Thanks for visiting.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Naughty or Nice?

The Hambone boys probably won't know for sure what they will find under their tree.  They clearly have a question mark next to their names on Santa's list.

I made a step card to highlight these adorable pigs.  The snow background is an inked Taylored EWxpressions embossing folder. LOVE it! 
The stars of the show are Hambo Stamps.  No sooner did I discover these cute stamps they decided to call it quits after a 12 year run.  They still have stamps and will be selling them until they are gone.  They have some digi's too!


Today I used one of my new Hambone stamps to create this adorable Christmas card using colors I don't usually associate with Christmas.  I colored the image in with Prismacolor pencils and used gamsol to blend the colors.

Used my Martha Stewart border punch to make the white border which I used to weave ribbon through.  The sentiments are from a Simon Says Stamp set and I used silver to emboss them.  In the picture I think you can see where the embossing powder stuck and I was not able to see clearly enough to sweep it away with my paint brush.  I am noticing that my embossing buddy doesn't see to be very effective.  Maybe they "age" out?  I have had it for many many years and have found it failing me every time I use it.

The hearts along the side seemed to go with the sentiment nicely. I purchased them for $1.00 at Walmart and I cannot help it, I love them. They are little puffy sticker sweetness!

Bob and I have an advent calendar that we read every year.  It is a little poem about Jesus birth under each day.  Of course we have it memorized because this is probably our eighth year of using it.  One day he reads one through the current day and the next day it is my turn to do the same.

"One blessed day when Mary woke, an angel came to her and spoke.
Fear not, you are the favored one, God's chosen you to bear his Son."
And there is cause to celebrate for baby Jesus will be great.
Though this filled Mary with surprise, she knew that God was good and wise.
Then sometime later came the call that taxes must be paid by all.
So Mary and Joseph came to know to Bethlehem they both must go.
The way was rough and dusty too and Mary's child was shortly due.
When finally they arrived in town the noise and crowds made Joseph frown.
From each innkeeper came the same, we're all filled up they would exclaim.
His wife was weary Joseph knew, the child was coming, what to do?
One inkeeper with a sigh said, "Come, my stable's warm and dry.
And there before the night was done, a child was born, God's holy Son."

Friday, December 12, 2014

Yesterday I posted a "door" tag I made.  Today I made another one, similar but added a Kliban cat waiting out in the snow for someone to please let him inside!  I mounted this one on a card.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

I've been busy writing out Christmas cards so have not had a chance to make any cards until today.
This started out as a manila tag.  I used Distress Ink, Barn Door, to give it color and used a "wood" stencil to make lines in the door.  I have the movers and shakers window die and used the metal Tim Holtz tray to cut the tag. 
  The wreath is an Impression Obsession die. Layered with addition of bows from another die set. Brad doorknob.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Snowman Bokeh

A big THANK YOU to Verna, who did a beautiful snowman card and 
pointed me in the direction of the video which teaches this technique.  I LOVE this!!


 Entered in;
I saw this cow card by Lisa Babitz a couple weeks ago and knew I just had to CASE it; Copy and Share Everything.  Here is my version.

You really should click and take a look at Lisa's.. so cute!  GinaK cow image.  Red and white dot washi tape.  Santa hats drawn by hand.  


Friday, December 5, 2014

Inside Snowman's House

I spent most of the day making a snowman card for the Mod Squad Challenge Blog.  Hope I am not late like I was last week!!

I used water color paper to stamp the two whimsical trees and the snowman (Recollection's Michaels) on a separate piece of paper.  I used watercolor to make the trees pink because as you must know, all snowmen keep pink trees in their houses.  The snowman was covered in stickles to make him glimmerific.

I used a window die from Impression Obsession and curtains from Taylored Expressions.  Then, I used a stamp from a Taylored Expressions called From My Window.   There are also die cut trees from IO.
Once again I used the diagonal washi tape to create a floor.  I am looking for a source for more diagonal washi if anyone knows where I can find some.
This is not a shaker card just a window card from a snowman's house.  :)

I want to add that my card is mounted on GinaK cardstock which is one of the few cardstocks that is thick enough to hold the two layers without buckling.