Saturday, April 18, 2015


Doesn't get any better than sitting on a beach looking at the ocean and watching children build sandcastles. Perfect set up for daydreaming. That is what I thought of when I saw the Just Us Girls challenge

I used a Kraft cardstock base and Memo Book sheet punched with notebook border punch from SU. On the notebook paper, I lightly stamped background script, a compass, and an anchor in Tim Holtz tea dye ink. The sandcastle is stamped with Hello Honey from SU. I colored in a little water with an aqua colored pencil. The stamped Dream in SU's Tempting Turquoise. The banner is "anchored" with a gold metallic punch out anchor.
Now just wish I lived closer to the beach!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Creating DP

After watching this video by Brian King, I wanted to try my own stamping off designer paper. Because of these picture challenges at TheCard Concept and colourQ
I decided to go with the blacks and grays to create my DP on the clean and layed card. The gray geometric of the ottoman inspired the use of SU stamps from Delicate Doilies and Mixed Bunch. The Birthday Wishes also from SU is stamped in Real Red and backed with another oval in red. A few red sequins add sparkle.
To brighten up the inside, I added a little more Real Red. The sentiment is from my computer file.
The sketch I used is from Freshly Made Sketches

Monday, April 13, 2015

Scrap Crazy

My card today is a great way to use up some of those mounds of scraps--you know you all have them!!

I am entering it for the Kraft Journal take your pick challenge. I chose blue (mine is aqua), twine, embossed.
Kraft Cardstock base.
Embossing folders:  Darice diagonal lines and SU stars.
Inks: SU Baked Brown Sugar, Real Red, Tempting Turquoise.
Stamps: SU's Crazy About You and Gorgeous Grunge.
Twine secured with Spare Parts button brad and a glue dot.
I totally cased this card from my SU Demo Lee Conrey. I love all her bright colors and patterns.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Bag It!

Well, DUH! I am a little embarrassed but I gave out some wrong info on yesterday's blog about the new Treat Bag thinlet die from SU. While playing around with it more today, I discovered that one piece of the set was the other half of the back and you don't need to cut them on opposite sides of double sided paper.So actually shame on SU for not giving more implicit instructions.
Here is today's try at making a "treat bag" card for a teenage boy's birthday.
 The DP is called Sweater Weather, from SU last year. The guitar colored with pencils is a digi that I forgot to label and the sentiment has lost its label so I can't credit that either. So sorry to those 2 companies.
The tag inside has a message from Hero Arts.
I used the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches for inspiration.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Super Star

I am making some cards for Send A Smile 4 Kids, a group of bloggers who collect and send cheer cards to hospitalized kids. Check out their info here. If you enjoy contributing to charity, this is a great cause. As a retired nurse, I know just being in the hospital, and perhaps having a debilitating illness is pretty rough for kids and their parents. Anything we can do to bring cheer to them is so appreciated.
My card is a loose interpretation of Tuesday Morning Sketches. I changed shapes and moved the horizontal strip to the top.

Warning:  if you have purchased the treat bag framelits from SU.When using double sided paper, flip the paper over to make the second piece. I ended up with different designs for a part of the back. So I salvaged the front and made a little tag holder for the front of a card. The die cut set also has the banner, large star, and the row of stars that I used across the top. The 2 smaller stars are punches. The DP is Echo Park Paper Co. The super star is from Stampabilities. The tag sentiment is an old one, probably Inkadinkadoo.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Easter for Boys

When it comes time to make Easter cards for my grandsons, ages 8 & 9, I don't want anything too childish or flowery. Their big interest right now is the video game Minecraft so I wanted to do images with that in mind. I know there are sheep and pigs in that game so here is one that I came up with.
The cute lamb is from Newton's Nook Farmyard Friends. The eggs are Inkadinkadoo and colored with pencils. I used a Tim Holtz stencil to get that "pixelated" effect that is part of the game. I'm pretty sure he will be impressed. The inside says "Happy Easter to Ewe"
I  saw this picture on Curtain Call Challenge blog and used the sheep as inspiration.

Here is the other one. The inside on this says "Hammy Easter to You" The pig is also from Newton's Nook.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Lacy Flowers

I don't think I have ever seen an embossing folder used on designer paper before but gave it a try for the  Paper Players grid challenge.  I had already selected the papers and ribbons for the Tuesday Morning Sketches and had to incorporate embossing to complete the top row of the grid.

The DP is from SU and I used a Cuttlebug folder. Don't think most DPs would look good embossed but this one looks kind of like a lacy floral fabric. The flower is from SU's Summer Silhouette and the sentiment from Crazy About You. I tied the button with some linen thread and attached it with a glue dot.. 

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Easter Cards

For the Just Us Girls picture challenge

I want to share the Easter cards I made for my granddaughters.
First, inspired by the ceramic bunnies on the counter
The papers were in my scrap file. I found the cute bunny in my Easter folder. I think I had stamped it at a friend's house and never used it. The sentiment is SU. The eggs are Inkadinkadoo colored with pencils.
Next, inspired by the flowers in the window
These cute chickies are from DaNami colored with pencils. The sentiment is Inkadindadoo.
Finally, inspired by all the colors in the photo
The egg is Inkadinkadoo, colored with pencils and popped up with dimensionals. I don't know who makes the pink background DP but I bought it at Hobby Lobby.
Now I better be assembling some treats and get these ready to mail. I can't believe Easter is only a week away as it still feels like winter here. Looking forward to some spring weather later in the week.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Cute Animals

I love cute critters and cute puns. So this card satisfies both. The cow is from a new set by Newton's Nook called Farmyard Friends. There are the most  adorable animals in there. The sentiment was done via computer. The papers are from a mat stack of wild animal prints and I have lost the cover so can't give credit. I think I purchased it at Hobby Lobby. It is hard to tell in the picture but I used a strip of the background green and made "grass" to fit behind the sentiment.
I used the sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches

Since my cow prints are so busy, I left off the embellishments in the corners.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

New Technique

Another NBUS card for Darnell.
This one has a new stamp (Lotus Blossom) from SU. And a new technique--triple stamping. Took some  practice on scraps before I was happy with the results.. I used SU's Melon Mambo and Color Box violet. Both are really intense colors so I stamped off at least once for each layer. The sponged Color Box sky blue came about because I smudged a pencil mark. Turns out I kind of like it better that way. The sentiment is from SU.