Thursday, February 23, 2017

Spectacular

I won a free digi stap from Sami Stamps and just had to play with it immediately.
Isn't it just the cutest?  Check out her designs, there are lots of adorable ones.
And I found this sketch image at CAS(E) This Sketch that fits with the card I made. Usually, you find a sketch and then make the card. This time, I had the card made and was blog hopping and found this new sketch. Karma!!

Instead of making my own background, I used paper from SU. The image is colored with Prismacolor pencils. I added some Wink of Stella to the glasses lenses and then some great big froggy eyes. The sentiment is a digi by From The Heart.  Inside, I typed a message: "So have an eye popping spectacular birthday."  

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Stained Glass


I have another Easter Card to share. This is a NBUS die from Die-Versions.
I cut the image from black paper and glued it onto vellum.  Then I turned it over and using the negative of the die to cover the edges, I sponged on Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight, Lucky Limeade, and Melon Mambo--all from Stamping' Up!. It gives a bit of a stained glass look. Then I attached the vellum to a white card stock base with small clear mounting squares at the corners and covered them with Candy Dots. 
I learned this technique from Karen at Karen's Creative Cards. This is her gorgeous card

This is for the challenge at The Paper Players


Easter Cards

I have been doing some Easter Cards for Send A Smile 4 Kids. Thought I better get them posted while their Easter Card for Kids challenge is still going on.
This one features a free digi from Dearie Dolls Digi Stamps. I used the precolored version here. The sentiment is a From The Heart digi.  The polka dot papers are by Bo Bunny. I added 3 little stamped and colored eggs to balance out the image.
This one is a From The Heart digi, again I used the precolored version. The sentiment is also FTH. I added some punched flowers at the base.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Chalkboard

We have a good friend who has been a teacher and now is a high school principal. He is going through chemo treatments and I wanted to make him a special card. One thing I really like about making my own greeting cards is that they can be personalized to the recipient. The whole time I am making one of these special cards I am thinking of and praying for the individual.
I used some chalkboard paper that I think came for Stamping' Up! but I can't really remember as I have had it a long time. It has a bit of a slick surface and takes white StazOn ink really well. I sponged some white around the edges and then lightly stamped some script with white. The banner is some cork board looking paper from my stash. The school lined writing paper is from Tim Holtz. The sentiment is Lawn Fawn.  I anchored my cork paper with 2 brass brads to look like thumb tacks.
These brads are my favorite for masculine cards.
I am submitting this to Tuesday Throwdown where the challenge is "Favorite Embellishments"

Cat Pout

This digi stamp by From The Heart is called "Birthday Cat Pout".  Too many candles? Too many birthdays? Or not enough cake? Just not a happy kitty.
I colored the image with Prismacolor pencils. The banner strips are all from the paper stack Cherry on Top by SU.
Inside sentiment was done on the computer.  This sentiment actually comes in the set in the same cute font used on the front. When I was trying to get it onto the page, I accidentally pasted when I should have copied. Didn't realize it until it was too late to undo. Duh! I can do stupid moves on the computer sometimes. Other than repurchasing the whole set, I don't think I can get it back.
I added a tiny cupcake to reinforce the sentiment.
Submitting to From The Heart weekly sketch challenge.


Cracked Eggs

Here is a fun pun for an Easter card.
The image is a From The Heart digi colored with Prismacolor pencils. The egg border is an old, old stamp as set of 3 eggs, repeated 3 times. Cut out and glued to the border. The blue and white polka dot DP is from my stash. The white ribbon behind the image has white polka dots on it also.
The layout is from Tuesday Morning Sketches

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Gift Bag

There is no way I could use a purchased decorative gift bag when I am giving a gift and personal handmade card. So I buy the plain white and Kraft gift bags from Hobby Lobby. They are less than a dollar apiece when you use their coupons.
I spotted my first robin yesterday. And the tulips have popped their heads above ground. That means spring is soon here. WooHoo!! So I am definitely thinking spring. I used a digi by From The Heart and used Prismacolor pencils to make a robin and pink flowers. I think the label die is from Sizzix. To balance the image, I made a "river of grass" with a die from the Swirly Bird set by SU. Then punched out 2 colors of pink flowers and accented them with yellow centers of  Candy Dots from SU. The are then attached with glue dots.
I often use card sketches to decorate gift bags so I am submitting it to Tuesday Morning Sketches using this sketch inverted

Monday, February 13, 2017

Spring

It is February and soon we will be seeing robins return to the area. We have had some spring like weather already so I don't think it will be long.  Thinking of that today, I used a bird digital image by From The Heart Stamps for their new sketch challenge.
The pretty paper is from Bo Bunny. I love the soft green for spring. I colored the image with Prismacolor pencils. The pink "candy dots" from SU reflect the colors of the flowers. The sentiment is with the digi set and after I had the card all together, I see it is not exactly centered.  Still learning things about the Mac Pages program.
Inside, I did a sentiment on the computer and added some flowers from SU's Painted Petals. I think a bit of decoration inside give a special touch.
Here is the sketch that I flipped sideways. I just couldn't use the twist of Snow Day because I am so done with snow for this winter.


Thursday, February 9, 2017

Birdday Chick

At my age--starting a new decade soon--my friends and I have to laugh and joke about our birthdays.
And I love a good pun so here goes. I love the expression on this chick--so perplexed, like how did I get so many birthdays so fast?







The sentiments and the bird with balloon are From The Heart digs. The inside chick is just an old stamp I have had forever. DP is from SU Cherry On Top paper stack. The next circle up to back the chick would have been too big for the card so I cut a square and rounded the edges. \
I am using the sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch


Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Mother's Day Bouquet

I have no idea why I am making a Mother's Day card already. This sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches just seemed to be shouting Mother's Day to me.
Who am I to deny that voice in my head? So here is what I did.

I like this sentiment from SU. It takes up a lot of presence on a card, makes a great focal point. The bouquet is made with the dies from Botanical Blooms by SU. I added some yellow dots in the background of the sentiment with a stamp from Swirly Bird. B/W polka dot Washi tape anchors the whole scene.  AAACK! the spell checker kept wanting to change Washi to Washington. Computers think they are so smart1