Wednesday, October 7, 2015

One Design, Three cards

The sketch today from Freshly Made Sketches is so great for quick and easy cards that I had time to do 3.

The first is a serene Thinking of you.featuring Summer Silhouette from SU and a dragonfly (no label) on vellum. The sentiment is Studio G.
The next is the same sketch rotated for the Halloween challenge at The Kraft Journal.

The stamps are old ones without labels. I saw the witch sentiment on a blog a while back. Don't have a stamp for that so did it on the computer. The DP is from SU.
The sketch was perfect for doing another Charlie Brown tree card. See another version here.

I recently purchased these 2 stamps at Hobby Lobby. The strip with snowflakes is from my paper stash.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Birthday Numbers

At my age, we have to joke and laugh about our birthdays. So I am really glad that more companies are coming out with funny images and puns.
The numbers and birthday hat are from old SU stamp sets. The image is SU's Just Kidding. I did the sentiment on computer and die cut it with word bubble dies from SU.
Inside this one says "Of course, some of us have more numbers than others"
I used the layout from Tuesday Morning Sketches

Monday, October 5, 2015


I love sitting by a pond watching the dragonflies flit about. They seem so serene. I even have a dragonfly logo on my business cards.  I haven't used them much so decided to pull one out for the Sympathy challenge at Just Us Girls
I used SU's Lucky Limeade and Pool Party to watercolor the background. Then stamped a silhouette of dandelions in black. Vellum seems to be a big trend right now and I really like that look so I stamped 2 dragonflies (no label on that stamp) in Lucky Limeade on a strip of vellum and then used the pointed end of a swab to fill in with some blue and violets. That was then attached by wrapping the ends to the back.With that you don't see any of the glue or tape used to attach the vellum. Gives a really clean finish. The sentiment is also from SU. Here is a close up of the dragonfly and the silhouette in the background.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Alcohol dye spritzing

I tried a new technique today. 8 drops of Pool Party in a small spritzer filled with alcohol gave enough solution to spray 2 pieces of water color paper. I love the look.
SU supplies: Cherry Cobbler card base, then the pool party dyed mat. Snow Place stamps and coordinating dies. The scarf stamp and die are just too big for the baby so I tied a scrap of red/white twine on it for scarf. Sentiment from More Merry Messages. Martha Stewart punch for snowflake which is coated with clear Stickles.
I followed the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches

Here is the second card using the alcohol dye spray
The red sled is from a SU card kit from last Christmas. 

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Charlie Brown

I love Charlie Brown's eternal optimism. I found this Charlie Brown tree by Stampabilities and the sentiment by Print Works Collection at Hobby Lobby. I think the sentiment reflects Charlie Brown's optimism and the tree is just too darn cute!
Kraft card base with SU Christmas paper (left from last year). Natural twine tied at the bottom.
Sketch from Claire at The Paper Players

Also submitting to Tuesday Throwdown challenge Clean and Simple. 

Monday, September 28, 2015

vellum snowflake

There is a new challenge group called Global Design Project with a very talented group of designers. This week's challenge is to Case the Designer. Here is Louise's beautiful card.

Here is my interpretation.
I had this gorgeous vellum snowflake left from one of last year's card kits from SU, The silver cord is from my scrap box. The words are from Ellen Hutson die cut with SU's Silver Glimmer Paper. I stacked them 3 times with white for more substance. The base is Lost Lagoon with Gorgeous Grunge dots in Staz-On White. 

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Forest Friends

The challenge at The Card Concept is forest friends.

Yesterday in the mail I received some Christmas cards from a charity organization. You probably get them too--cards, calendars, address labels. Well of course I wouldn't think of sending a factory produced Christmas card but there were some cute images I was sure I could use in a recycled way. So here are my forest friends receiving their good little animal gifts from Santa.
To make it really "woodsy" I used a Kraft card base run through Big Shot with Sizzix wood grain impression folder. The white also has the wood grain impression. I anchored the white banner with some Kraft cardstock run through the crimper.. I fussy cut the image from one of the cards and glued it to the white. The striped banner is from my scrap file. Believe (from Little Yellow Bicycle) is die cut 3 times and stacked. It looked like it needed something more so I added bling with a gold glitter punched star. Can't go wrong adding bling, right?
I followed the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches

Wednesday, September 23, 2015


I just received the bundled set Snow Place with die cuts from SU. It is so much fun to play with. Kind of reminds me of paper dolls but with the dies, so much easier to cut out. It is fun trying on all the different parts. There is an adorable penguin in the set also. The card base is DCWV jewel tones card stack. The vertical borders are from the scrap file. The sentiment is in the Snow Place set. Clear sequins in the corner add bling.
This will be for my son and 2 granddaughters. Doesn't the bigger one look like a very proud Papa?
I used the sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches for inspiration.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Fall Cards

Fall is upon us. Mornings are cool, afternoons are warm, and some leaves are turning red, yellow, and orange. So today's cards are in honor of all things fall. I call them my ThanksOween cards.

Starting with Kraft base. 3 banners from my scraps. The little pumpkin on the Tim Holtz tag is an old Inkadinadoo and tied on with white twine. The top card has a Jack-o-Lantern (no label) with Newton from Newton's Nook lurking on top. This is the Newton from the birthday set peeking out of a bag. I colored and then fussy cut just the cat. I cut a green strip with grass scissors, stained it a little brown. Sentiment is also Newton's Nook.
The bottom card is the same with Newton lurking in the grass. Is he stalking stalking something or just taking a nap? I made the pumpkin with 3 punched ovals, highlighted with a darker orange ink, a cut out stem, and attached with some raffia ribbon. Sentiment is The Angel Company stamped in SU chocolate chip.
I think the difference in pictures is that the Halloween one, I used auto fix and the other I played around with light and contrast. Not liking the auto fix so much.
Linking to several challenges with this one
The Kraft Journal theme: pumpkins
Just Us Girls colors: red, yellow, orange
Newton's Nook theme: Halloween
Send a Smile 4 Kids theme: fall colors.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Eye Chart

My daughter is an Optometrist. So when I saw this cute little penguin with glasses, I just had to order it. Here is her birthday card.

The stamp is from Unity Co. I did the eye chart via computer. The papers are all SU. For an accent inside, I colored the penguin's glasses with a marker and stamped them in the corner.
I used the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches

As the stamps also are new I am getting 1 last card in for Darnell's NBUS challenge before tomorrow's deadline.