Monday, April 6, 2020

Sending You Sunshine

Hello again! Now that I have a little time to craft (which, I might add, is very therapeutic), I thought I'd dive into a Paper Pumpkin kit from last June of last year. The kit was designed to make little 2 1/4" x 3 1/2" note cards, and though that's really cute, it's not the kind of card I find most useful. I modified the pieces in the kit to make a couple of standard 5 1/2" x 4 1/4"  cards.

The "sending you sunshine" was borrowed from another stamp set, and I found it quite appropriate for the times. The border on the left was stamped, and I jazzed up the circular element with some Wink of Stella. The little white dots were meant to be glue dots, but I thought they would look kind of cute as faux enamel dots, with the tops unpeeled.

I'm sharing this at the NBUS challenge. Hi, Darnell! 

Products Used: 
Stamps: Sentiment (Hero Arts)
Card Stock: Old Olive, Crumb Cake
Ink Pads: Old Olive, Soft Suede
Accessories: Wink of Stella 
All other ingredients: Paper Pumpkin Kit June 2019 (Stampin' Up)

Stay home, stay safe and be well, everyone! 

Sending (((hugs))),

Monday, February 3, 2020

Magical Unicorn Birthday

Well hello! Is anyone still following? It's been so long since I last did a blog post. Work became extremely busy, but as we all know that came to a screeching halt. Many of us have lots of time for crafting, except those who work in the healthcare industry, for whom I am truly grateful. So.. on to my card! I fell in love with this Unicorn stamp set and dies a while back and bought it, and it's been collecting dust until now. It's so cute!

I'm playing along with Cards for Kids at Seize the Birthday.

Stamp Sets: Magical Unicorn (Pink Fresh Studios)
Card Stock: Pink Pirouette, Whisper White, Very Vanilla, Certainly Celery, Silver Glitter (Stampin' Up)
Ink Pads: Old Olive, Rose Red, Smoky Slate (Stampin' Up), Tuxedo Black (Memento), Versamark
Tools: Big Shot, Heat Tool, Magical Unicorn Dies (Pink Fresh Studios), Stitched Rectangle Dies (Lawn Fawn)
Accessories: Silver Embossing Powder, Dazzling Details Glitter, Rhinestones (Stampin' Up)

Thanks for visiting, and stay safe, my friends! I'd love to hear from you, too!

Friday, December 6, 2019

You Leveled Up, STB

Hello! I'm back today with a birthday card which I made for my daughter's boyfriend. I had a great time making this card. Lawn Fawn scenes are so much fun to create! This is totally he and my daughter, binging on snack food and playing video games. The images are from the Screen Time stamp set. The set does not include anywhere for them to sit (other than the floor), so I found an outlined image of a couch on Google and shrunk it to the right size for this cute couple. I printed it on Lawn Fawn patterned paper. 

I'm playing along with Anything Goes at Seize the Birthday! Hi, ladies! 

Stamp Sets: Screen Time (Lawn Fawn)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah), Sea Glass (Simon Says Stamp)
Patterned Paper: Perfectly Plaid Christmas, Pint Sized Patterns Beachside (Lawn Fawn)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Soft Pool (Hero Arts)
Markers: Copic
Tools: Big Shot, Screen Time Dies, Stitched Rectangle Dies (Lawn Fawn), Curved Edge Die (Simon Says Stamp)

Until next time....

Monday, December 2, 2019

Pink Holiday Ornament, CTD571

Hello, Friends! It was a crazy, busy, but fun Thanksgiving weekend for me and my family. I hope you all had a good weekend too. Now... on to Christmas! I have slacked big-time making Christmas cards this year, and can use all the inspiration I can get. Today, I am playing along with Color Throwdown. I love a holiday card in non-traditional colors! 

Here is my card. I chose bright pink as my primary color, lime green as secondary, and just a hint of blue in my sponged background. The silver element is the little bow. 

Stamp Sets: Holiday Ornaments, Christmas Trimmings (Hero Arts)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah) 
Patterned Paper: Kitten Smitten (Doodlebug)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Tumbled Glass Distress Ink (Ranger), Ultra Pink, Green Apple (Hero Arts)
Tools: Big Shot, Holiday Ornaments Dies, Christmas Trimmings Dies (Hero Arts), Wonky Stitched Rectangle Dies (My Favorite Things)
Accessories: Glitter Paper (Recollections), Enamel Dots (Echo Park)

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, November 18, 2019

Thanksgiving Birthday

Hi there! I have a late-nite post for you. This card is for my sister, whose birthday is at the end of November. Occasionally (can't figure out the frequency), her birthday falls on Thanksgiving. It actually fell on Thanksgivukkah a few years ago, but I couldn't collect the right stamps in time to make a card for that! In any event, I have a playful little card for her to celebrate her birthday... A turkey with a birthday hat, pie with candles, and a little guest to celebrate with! I used lots of Lawn Fawn sets to put this together, love how easily they all combine.

I'm sharing this with my friends over at Seize the Birthday (whom I miss)! The challenge this time around is "Off the Edge". My sentiment is nudging over the edge a bit. Not sure if that works, if not, I'll play along with "Anything Goes".

Stamp Sets: Turkey Day, Elphie Selfie, Cutie Pie, Party Koala, Happy Happy Happy, Gnome Sweet Gnome (LF)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah), Chocolate Chip (LF), Watercolor CS (Tim Holtz)
Patterned Paper: Perfectly Plaid Fall (Lawn Fawn)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Tumbled Glass Distress Ink (Tim Holtz)
Markers: Copic
Tools: Big Shot, Turkey Day Dies, Cutie Pie Dies, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Stitched Oval Dies (Lawn Fawn)

So glad you stopped by!

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

PP466 Woodland Wedding

Hi there, It's me again! When I saw Anne Marie's challenge this week at The Paper Players, Into The Woods, I had the perfect (I think!) card to post. So... in my last post I mentioned that two of my sons were married this year. Joseph was married to Peyton in October of this year, on her family's farm in Missouri. It was an outdoor wedding, and they really worked hard to make it a rustic wedding 'in the woods'. They cut down trees, milled the lumber, and built the tables for the reception. They cleared fields, planted wildflowers, and I don't even know how many other numerous tasks to make this the wedding of their dreams. It was a magical day, and thankfully, the weather cooperated. Before I share my card, here is a picture of some of our family, on the wedding day. Keep in mind this is an Iphone pic, professional photos yet to come!

Ok so here we are, in the woods, lol! It was so beautiful. They hung huge curtains between two big trees, and the walk down the aisle was a path to an arbor they created from vines. I could go on and on, (and get teary), but I'll stop and get to my card, their wedding card, which I think was appropriate for the occasion. 

Mommy/ card-maker had to come up with something a little special for the occasion. This is what I visualized for them, delicate wildflowers and greenery, taking its cues from nature. I wanted lots of texture, and used some gorgeous rosebuds from Kaisercraft, and patterned paper from Carta Bella. 

Here is a closer shot of the card, showing a little more of the detail. I used a Mini Tag from Mama Elephant, which seemed like the perfect little sentiment. 

My card was a bit too 'chubby' to fit into an envelope, so I had to put it into a box. I couldn't find one just the right size, so I made that too! 

Products used:
Stamp Sets: Mini Messages (Mama Elephant)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah), Wild Wasabi (SU)
Patterned Paper: Botanical Garden (Carta Bella), Neutrals Stack (SU)
Ink Pads: Field Greens (Hero Arts)
Tools: Big Shot, Garden Trellis EF (SU), Mini Fanciful Flourish Die (Cheery Lynn), Mini Tags Die (Mama Elephant)
Accessories: Paper Doilies, Pearls (SU), Paper Blooms (Kaisercraft), Micro Flowers (The Paper Studio)

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, October 28, 2019

Quilted Christmas x2, PP465

Hellooo!!! It's been such a long time... about 8 months since I've last posted. Do I still have any followers? If so, please say hi!  It's been a crazy busy - but all good - year for me so far. Both of my sons got married! David & Ally got married in June in Italy, a destination wedding. Joey & Peyton got married earlier this month in Missouri, where they live. Both were destinations for me and my family, who live in New York. I'm so happy our family is growing, and that my sons have found their soul mates! With their permission, I'll post some pics soon.

Anyway, though I've been making cards from time to time (mostly wedding cards!), I've had no time to blog but have missed my bloggy friends dearly. I hope to make an appearance a little more frequently, and what better way to start doing so than by by playing along with my dear friends at The Paper Players. Ann has a fabulous simple sketch this week that inspired me right  away. 

The square element of the sketch drew me to this Quilted Christmas stamp and die set I purchased last Christmas, but sadly saw little use. It was fun to play with it again. Once you have the quilt pieces die cut, it's pretty quick to assemble multiple cards using the pieces. It's fun, too! They are like little bits of a puzzle. The possible combinations are endless. 

Above is card one.... And below is its opposite, card two. This is such a great set to use up little scraps of paper, and not only for Christmas cards. 

Products Used: (all SU unless otherwise indicated)
Stamp Sets: Endless Wishes
Card Stock: Whisper White, Garden Green, Real Red
Patterned Paper: Quilted Christmas
Ink Pads: Garden Green, Real Red
Tools: Big Shot, Layering Square Dies, Quilt Builder Framelits
Other: Buttons & Cotton Thread (from my sewing stash), Quilted Embossing Folder (Tim Holtz)

Thanks for visiting!