Saturday, December 16, 2017

Thinking of You

At this house, Christmas is decorated, cards sent, gifts sent, and just waiting for the day.
So time to restock the stash that has been neglected over the last month or two.
I make a lot of Thinking of You cards as they are so versatile for multiple occasions.
I bought a box of Paper Studio card bases for half price. They sure make for quick cards especially when combined with a great sketch from Freshly Made Sketches
The roses are dies from Ellen Hutson. Sentiment is an old one from SU stamped with Regal Rose. 

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Winter Fun 4 Kids

Send A Smile 4 Kids current challenge is Winter Fun. Frankly, I don't find much fun in winter. I would rather be in a sunny beach climate.
But here in Indiana, we still have a lot of winter in February so my share for winter fun is a valentine.
It is hard to come up with valentine's for older boys. I like to do little puns for them. I did the "hay" sentiment on computer and die cut with a word bubble die from SU. The bale of hay is a stamp by La-La Land Crafts, stamped, colored and fussy cut. The hay paper is a scrap. I also did the "be my Valentine" on the computer. So simple I did 4 of them. Hopefully the boys will love it.
Here is another using some scraps of wood paper.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Heart Pirate

It is so long since I have been on the blog. Thanksgiving week I had my kids and grandkids here (what fun!) and entertained my in-laws (24 of them) for Thanksgiving dinner. Just when I was getting the house back to normal I caught a cold. Then had issues with care for my elderly mother.
So thankful things have settled down and I am back to crafting.
Don't hate me--but I have all my Christmas cards done and mailed.  Result of stuck in the house for 3 days.
I am doing some Valentine's for Send A Smile 4 Kids. Always have to be early with them so they can be sent out in time to get to the respective hospitals.
The image and sentiment are From The Heart digi colored with SU Blender Pens. Boy do I love those things. Makes coloring and shading so easy.  The stripe paper is SU's Sending Love paper stack.
Submitting to Freshly Made Sketches challenge

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Pumpkins

2-sided patterned paper can make creating cards so easy
I just received this Painted Autumn DSP from SU. The other side of the checks is pumpkins which I cut out to add to front The sentiment is a bargain from JoAnn's. I cut a single pumpkin from the design to add inside.

I am entering challenge at Freshly Made Sketches
And a second entry for Just Us Girls whose word this week is Thankful

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Autumn

I thought I was done with Thanksgiving until a good customer asked me to make 20 Thanksgiving cards. Going to have to hustle to get that done in time for her to send them.
Taking a break though to share one for the Just Us Girls challenge
The paper is a Halloween scrapbook paper. This pattern was in the center so I just cut off the Halloween part. The image is a digital by From The Heart colored with Prismacolor pencils. The background oval is a burlap paper from SU. A little raffia behind gives a rustic feel. The sentiment is fairly new but I promptly lost the label. Honestly, I am going to have to do some major cleaning in my craft room soon or I won't be able to find anything. It looks like a craft factory exploded in here.
The inside has a computer generated sentiment. I think it might be from my home Hallmark program.
This sentiment could be for any season. I die cut and sponged a leaf to accent the corner.
Here is the Just Us Girls banner

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Non Traditional ColorsTake 2

Another inspired by the front cover of the SU Holiday Catalog.  See the other one here Lemon Lime Twist snowflakes on Lemon Lime Twist card stock. Silver glitter on the left edge. Merry Wishes from SU's Oh What Fun set stamped on vellum which is wrapped around the center piece and notched on the ends. The tree is From Festival of Trees stamped in Pool Party and Lemon Lime Twist sponged around the edges. The white circles and lines are colored with  silver and gold glitter pens.  Silver star added to top and more silver stars as accents. I popped up the tree with foam strips.
Sketch by Freshly Made Sketches
Also submitting as second entry in The Paper Players tic tac toe challenge using the first vertical row: trees, Christmas, silver/gold

Non Traditional Colors

I went to the SU Holiday Catalog  for inspiration for some non traditional colors for Christmas cards. Right on the front was this color combo. This is similar to the the card stock they used but I don't remember what the card stock color was called. It is my last piece.  Next is a layer of vellum with some glitter flecks. The green is Lemon Lime Twist. The tree and sentiment are Festival of Trees.  I stamped it in Pool Party and sponged some Lemon Lime Twist around the edges. Then colored in the dots and lines with silver and gold glitter pens, and added a punched silver glitter star on top. 3 silver stars around the card add more glitter.
Inside, I added more silver glitter stars.
Sorry for the dark photos, it is a dreary cold rainy day here. I couldn't lighten them up any more without getting washed out.
I used the sketch inspiration from Tuesday Morning Sketches
Also playing along with The Paper Players tic-tac-toe inspiration. I used the first vertical row, tree, Christmas, silver/gold.


Friday, October 27, 2017

Gold Snowflakes

This is the card I made for Tuesday Morning Sketches.


Sorry it is not a really good photo but it is so difficult to photograph shiny gold. No amount of editing makes it looks as good as real life.
I love the look of Kraft, white, and gold.  I used a MS punch for the border of the gold strip. Used an old snowflake die for the circle. The circle was run through Falling Snow folder from SU. The sentiment is also SU done in gold embossing. Hero Arts snowflake background stamp and white ink was used on the Kraft base. I used the punched out small snowflakes as embellishments.  It is an optical illusion--looks like the sentiment strip is on top of the circle but it actually is under it.
Here is the sketch

Monday, October 23, 2017

Warm Woolen Mittens

Isn't warm woolen mittens part of "My Favorite Things" in Sound of Music?  Well, darn, now I have that song stuck in my head the rest of the day. This DP from Stampin' Up! reminds me of that song.
The sentiment is from Snowflake Sentiments. Your hands are surely wrapped in the warmth of Christmas in these woolen mittens.  I added some red/white twine under the sentiment like the string holding the mittens together.  Even twined together like that, my kids still seemed to lose mittens.
A sparkly red heart adds even more love.
I used the sketch from Global Design Project.



Sunday, October 22, 2017

Christmas Forest

I have had a panel of forest trees sitting in my scrap bin for a bit and have been wanting to do something with it. Also was looking for inspiration to use the green houndstooth print. This The Paper Players challenge sketch this week inspired me to use both.
The papers and sentiment are all from SU. The trees are stamped with Lemon Lime Twist in the background and then Mossy Green in front. Hard to see but there is a thin gold layer behind the trees and the sentiment. Inside:
Here is the Paper Players sketch