Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Coloring on Kraft

New NBUS challenge by Darnell is coloring on Kraft. I have never tried that. Coloring and shading are a challenge for me as I am still practicing with the new Prismacolor pencils I gifted to myself for Christmas. The flower stamp is NBUS also from the Sunshine Sayings set from SU. I colored the lowers with 3 shades of pink pencils, using the blending pencil with each new color.  On top, I highlighted with a white pencil on some of the petals. It looked kind of dull so I sparkled it up with clear gems as flower centers.

The other big challenge here was getting the image from my phone, to the laptop, edited and copied to the blog. I definitely need a class in working with pictures in iMac.

Also entering at Just Us Girls with the challenge of stamping all over.

Thursday, January 5, 2017


My SU demonstrator sent me some sample of the new coloring pages from SU. I know they are all the rave right now but coloring all of that detail would drive me crazy. So I found a way to use the paper leaving it mostly black and white.
I went with a cameo effect and just colored the smaller vertical piece with Prismacolor pencils--just a quick color in, no shading or much details picking up the colors in the stripe behind which is from SU Cherry on Top designer pack. The sentiment is from a group of children's sayings I found at Michael's. If the recipient likes to color, she can fill in the rest.
This is with the sketch at Tuesday Morning Sketches

Tuesday, January 3, 2017


CASology new challenge word is
and how appropriate as I have an after holidays cold. Such a bummer but I am glad I got through all the festivities healthy. So I guess you could say I made a card for myself.
The image and sentiment are From the Heart digis that I colored with pencils. The card base is pool party from SU and a side strip from my scrap stash. This chickie is about how I feel so I guess I will just stay home and do some craft therapy today. 

Tuesday, December 20, 2016


For the "anything goes" challenge at Tuesday Morning Sketches,  2 more Valentines
for a girl

for a boy

Girl: image from Newton's Nook colored with pencils. Sentiment done on the computer. Papers from the scrap file.
Boy: image colored with pencils and sentiment are From The Heart digs. My Favorite Things stencil and Stampin' Up! archival black ink for the "jail" bars.
These will go in my box for
Send A Smile 4 Kids If you are like me, you always make more cards than you can use. Check out the guidelines at Send A Smile 4 Kids. They would love to have your extra cards to share with children's hospitals.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Botanical Blooms

I am getting so much use out of the Botanical Blooms bundle from Stampin' Up!  The flowers are so pretty, and I use the fern leaves on a lot of cards. Appropriate for any occasion.
For some texture on the background I used a floral impression folder from Sizzix for SU. Using 3 gradient shade of green give the fern leaves some dimension. The sentiment is so old but well used. I don't know who made it.
I used the sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches

While I was thinking about this sketch, I also did a Valentine
The hearts IF is from Cuttlebug. All the other elements are SU.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Jar of Hearts

Christmas cards, made, addressed, mailed. Time to start on the next holiday.  I usually make a lot of Valentine's for Send A Smile 4 Kids. They need to be sent by end of January so time to get going on that.
It is trend week at Just Us Girls. That trend is "jars".  I made a shaker card with SU's Jars of Love. The little tag is hard to read, It says "you have my heart". I used a Cuttlebug impression folder of hearts on the white background. Although this is a special Valentine, it was pretty time consuming so I won't be making many of these for Send A Smile 4 Kids.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Flu Bugs

It won't be long until flu season is upon us. I have the perfect card for someone suffering the flu.
I used some old bug stamps to stamp all over the card base. The sentiment is from Lawn Fawn. The image is a From the Heart digi.
This is using the sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches

Also submitting over at CAS(E) This Sketch whose sketch is very similar.
Unfortunately I am still trying unsuccessfully to get the site images to copy to my blog.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Simple Christmas Tree

I am starting out this Monday morning with some crafting therapy to lead to my goal of a less stressful week. Using the sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch and the theme Christmas tree from Just Us Girls

Sorry, I still can't get the linked images to copy and. paste. UGH! Okay, the stress has started.!      

Thursday, December 1, 2016

On My Mind

So many thinking of you cards are for serious situations but sometimes you just want a kind of a light cheerful greeting just to let someone know you care.  

The penguin pals and sentiment are from The Unity Stamp Company. I mounted them on a lavender scrap and rounded one corner. The water theme backgrounds are from my scrap file. Some blue sequins to add a little sparkle--maybe look like water drops. Inside, I typed a sentiment then stamped some circle in the colors from the front. The blue sponging around the edge gives a blue tint to the photo.
I used the sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches

I tried a different approach to getting the sketch to show up but see it still is not there. I have a whole list of MacBook problems for my son-in-law to help me solve when I see him at Christmas.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Masculine get well

Trying to restock my inventory of get well cards. Today's is for men
The DP was given to me by a friend. She made a great find at a yard sale this past summer and so generously shared with me. I stamped a Tim Holtz compass over the top and sponged the edges with Tim Holtz Tea Dye ink. The car image is a very old one stamped on a die cut circle. The copper sparkle Washi tape adds a feel of a highway. I guess you won't know this is a get well until you see the inside
I did a sentiment on the computer and then stamped 2 images from SU Gorgeous Grunge to look like tire tracks on a road.
This is getting in to Freshly Made Sketches just under the wire

I am so sorry, I still cannot figure out why the image does not show up.  Any ideas? I am using a MacBook.