So very nice of you to stop by! What a fun and challenging hobby to have!

May you always have work for your hands to do.
May your pockets hold always a coin or two.
May the sun shine bright on your windowpane.
May the rainbow be certain to follow each rain.
May the hand of a friend always be near you.
And may God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.
- Irish Blessing

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Happy Birthday Fisherman

I needed to make 2 more masculine cards today...and fisherman won out! I used these also for the Stamp TV's Free For All Friday challenge. I used cs from Mark's Finest and GKD, TPC Studio dp, Reel Me In, used Labels 20 to cut out the stamped image from GKD, Follow Your Dreams and Craft Lounge, Bear-ly Fishin', Judith stamp of the fisherman hat, colored with copics. Also used PaperTrey Birthday Basics and stamped with black, dandelion and summer sky Memento ink. The fisherman image was from a new spot I found, Craftuprint which has patterns to download and cut out and print. It has some nifty images!

 This Fisherman was a Craftuprint image as were the 2 sentiments.

The background paper was from Craftuprint.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Monday, May 30 Creations

Today I found some time to be creative. The first card I made was for the Stamp TV One Love, One Layer challenge. However, after carefully reading the description, it didn't meet the criteria SO made another one. This one I do believe meets the description -- making a One layer card with the following restrictions: use ONE image stamp, One sentiment stamp (but you can stamp them more than once), and only ONE embellishment (but you can use it more than once). Glitter pens count as accents not embellishments.

This one doesn't meet the criteria...but I do have a thank you card! :-)

I did this one totally with embossing...no stamping at all...one layer with wild dandelion cs from gkd, embossing folder thank you by Sizzix, colored with copicsV25, YG23, YR16  which matched the ribbon. Added some flowers and brads. Again the inside was embossed only.
This is the one that does meet the criteria!

I embossed the pink cs by gkd with Sizzix Say it with a Flair, colored with copics. I then used the gkd, Cute As A Bug stamp and sentiment and added a brad sun. I believe I met the restrictions on this one!! Quite a challenge for me to ONLY do one layer!!

Then I did the Stamp TV Free For All Friday challenge for Stamp TV which was to create a masculine birthday card. I found this wonderful fishing dp paper and put it on kraft paper by gkd and then used Judith Stamps to create a Tree for All Seasons of fish, bobber, hat and added in a happy birthday and some grass and used the fishing stamps from Craft Lodge Bearly Fishin'  for fishin' hole and sentinment. Colored with copics and added a worm brad. The inside can of worms is from Judith also. PERFECT for the fishermen in the family!

Happy Birthday!


Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Thanks for Your Hospitality

This is for Speedy the Cat's Challenge #56 using tone on tone with the focal image popped up. I used MFP cs with nook and pantry dp. I used MFP Welcome Home Stamp set and Labels 4...coloring with copics and clear glitter pen. Added some ribbon from MFP and some pearls. Added a few embellishments on the inside.


Inside to write a note of thanks

Thinking of You

This is for Stamp TV's challenge Free For All Friday STVFRICT1 which was to use kraft! I used kraft cs from GKD and the dp was Basic Grey Porcelain. I used GKD Stenciled Spring stamps and used rich Cocoa Memento and Rose Bud Memento ink. Used some pearls, ribbon, Flora Doodle butterfly, Prima Flowers, ribbon and copics. The embossing folders were Sizzix elegant vine and Say It With Flair Set. The pictures aren't the greatest and I can't seem to get them any better!!!!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Happy Birthday Wobbler

This is the birthday card I made for my 3 year old great-niece. It is a pattern from Kanban---Wobbler series. You get the pattern and then put it together with a blank  heavy cardstock piece to make it sturdier (adding some fold pieces, glue dots and adhesives) and do some folding so it will wobble back and forth! I also used the Kanban stamps that match the Wobbler patterns to make the tag card. It is the dog Max. I used It's Your Day dp as well as Kanban dp and GKD ivory cardstock. I stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa ink and cut it out with the Labels 9 diecut...then sponged with Dandelion and Desert Sand ink. Colored with copics and sakura glitter pens. Added some pattern pieces of stars and also decorated the envelope with some stickers and stamp. I think she will enjoy getting it and hopefully it will Wobble for her!!

Front of Wobbler

Back of Wobbler

Max and envelope

Front of Tag card

Back of Tag card

Both together with envelope

Friday, May 20, 2011

Birthday Blessings

This is a card made for 2 challenges....and ALSO for a 93 year old's birthday in June!
It is for Joan's Garden card and also matching tag card -- anything goes and the card and tag are to match. Also for Stamp TV's  Mix It Up Monday Challenge which was to use flowers as the focal point.
I enjoyed making this set...I used some new dp paper I found by Daisy Bucket Love Blossoms , on GKD turquoise cs. Used Grand Labels 4 to cut out the stamp design on GKD white cs. The stamp was Outlines Spring Bonnet colored with copics and sakura glitter pens.  I also used GKD Stenciled Spring for saying on the front. I used Vivid Raspberry, Memento Summer Sky inks. Added some pearls, ribbon and embellishments. The inside stamp was Hero Arts.  For the tag I stamped with Outlines Summer Breeze in Bahama Blue Memento and used Papertrey Birthday Basics sayings in black Memento. Think it should do the trick as she LOVES flowers!

Front of the card


Tag card

The matching duo

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Thinking of You STVFRIJH1

This is for Stamp TV's challenge of Free For All Friday where the challenge was to create your own designer background paper using stamps. I used Outlines stamp,Fanciful which is butterflies and then accented them with Sakura Glitter pens. I used GKD Stenciled Spring as the focal image stamp and saying. The Memento inks of Dandelion, Potter's Clay, Cocoa and Cantaloupe were used to stamp with...both outside and inside. I used Spellbinders Labels 20 as the die cut. Added a little ribbon, a butterfly and colored some pearls with Copic markers.

The inside I used Outlines Mini Catwalk stamp, and the Hello was from GKD Stenciled Spring. I used Spellbinders Labels 11, colored with Copics and added flowers from Dairce Posies.




This is a card created for 2 challenges -- Joan's Garden #18 and for Speedy Cat's Challenge #55.

The challenge was to create a monochromatic card in blue for Speedy Cat.

Then for Joan was to have --
  •  A monochromatic card
  •  Embossed background
  •  Flower(s)
  •  Flourish
  •  Butterfly
I used MFP cs in shades of blue, embossed with Sizzix embossing Folders, added the flourish from Chic Boutique, flowers from MFP, pearls from Recollection, butterfly from FloraDoodle, ribbon. I used Martha Stewart's pansy punch in the corners, used Bahama Blue Memento Ink to stamp the Inky Antics Puppy & Kitty Love sayings and cut out the inside saying on spellbinders nested hearts. Colored with copics in blue.
And am sending hugs to all!



Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Joan's Garden challenge #17

This was an interesting challenge from Joan's Garden this week. It had to meet these 4 criteria --

  • Colors blue/green
  • Use a lady
  • Include a large embellishment
  • Attach a bow
I had no trouble with the blue/green paper and used GKD lime green cs, DCWV dp. I had no lady alone stamps so used a Print Shop Graphics as the stamp. I used the Spellbinders eyelet and lacy squares die cuts. 
I used Cornish Heritage Farm Stamp for the birthday greetings in Vivid aqua ink. I cut the greeting out with Spellbinders Fancy Tag 3 and double ended tag 1. Added some ribbon, the flower, embellishments of pearls and bling. It was a challenge to do this one! But I do think I met the criteria!

Happy Birthday!



Monday, May 9, 2011

Seed Packets

These 4 cards were made for Speedy Cat's Challenge #54 -- USE NO embellishments! and for Stamp TV's  Mix It Up Monday -- use 2 designer papers. I used Mark's Finest Stamps, Nature Foilage and stamped with memento ink, Black, Cantaloupe, New Sprout, Dandelion, Rhubarb. I used the Spellbinders Fancy rectangle frame and Classic scalloped rectangles and scalloped tags. The dp is SEI Moonrise and really has lovely colors to it. I used GKD and Mark's Finest cs -- off white, orange. Colored with copics and Sakura glitter pens. BUT did NOT add any embellishments -- not sure if I'll be able to leave them without any cuz they look not finished to me! NOT my usual style...Guess I like BLING! :-)) I also used Sharon Harnist's What's the Dirt Seed Packets pattern...isn't it the greatest? Thanks Sharon!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Get Well Wishes

 This is for Speedy the Cat's Friends Challenge #53 using a hat pin. A get well card for a friend seemed like a good plan...and this seemed to be a good spot to use that hat pin. I used Great Impressions stamps and gold and black embossing. Put it all on GKD black cs, dp was Stema Assian butterflies. Added some ribbon, flowers with brads, the embellishments and of course the 2 hat pins.

Happy Birdday

This is a card made for the birthday swap on Speedy Cat for Mark's Finest....I used the Owel Be Here and Hearts, Hearts, Hearts stamps. cs is white and turquoise seal GKD, dp is We R Memory Keepers. Also used Vivid ink olive and aqua and cut out with nested owls and hearts die cuts. Colored with Copics and added a little ribbon, flowers and pearls. This is the first time I have ever done Swap cards and hope they are ok!

The set of 4

Front with Owl Be Here

Inside with Hearts Hearts Hearts