Friday, January 30, 2015

Vintage Tag

Using the sketch from CAS(E) This Sketch

This is my card. Clean but maybe not so simple. I used 6 different stamps, 2 inks, a colored pencil, and a punch. This is my go to image when I want a masculine card.
Love this tag from Kraft Outlet because it is already tea dyed and vintage looking. Off to the right is a Tim Holtz compass image. The star is Stampabilities, the ship from I Design Stamps, and the sentiment a partial from The Angel Company. No label on the "sand" border stamp. The inks are Tim Holtz Distress Tea Dye and SU's Chocolate Chip. I swiped a bit of aqua colored pencil to add water under the ship. The background paper is from my scrap box with a weave pattern stamped on. 
On the inside, the ivory paper is finished with the same sand border.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Playing Catch Up

Making up for lost time while recovering from vacation and short illness.
So I have 3 cards for 3 challenges. Going to submit them in one blog. Hope that works for everybody.
These are all for the collection I am doing for Operation Write Home to send to deployed troops.
For Newtons Nook challenge to use hearts
Image from their new set Newton's Day Dream. I added single words from other stamps and a punched butterfly from SU.

This is with SU papers, butterfly punch, Cuttlebug impression folder, and  sentiment from Newton's Day Dream. 
Here is sketch

And last but not least for Tuesday Throwdown Facets for Crafting Challenge:
The stamps are Too Much Fun Stamps. Papers from Hobby Lobby. Sequins and a gemstone flower from my stash.

Whew! I think I need to go rest again now.!!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Valentine Girl

I am back from a blogging break with spending a week in sunny Jamaica. But boo! I came home with a sinus infection and bronchitis so have been lazing around for 4 days without much energy even to make a card. Today I finally feel human again and have been working on Valentine's for my grandkids.
My sweet 6 month old granddaughter learned to sit alone while we were there for Christmas. This digi from Free Dearie Dolls Digistamps reminds me of her. If you haven't seen this site, check it out. There are the cutest images and there is a b/w or already colored image you can download and use for free.
The pink background paper is from Hobby Lobby. I've cut off the company name so don't know who makes it.
I colored the image with colored pencils. The hearts are die cut and punches from SU. I connected the hearts with some pink/white twine and also made a bow of the twine for the cutie's hair. I wanted to do glitter hearts but am afraid the baby would get it on her hands and then in her mouth. So I just used Crystal Effects on them.
The layout is from Tuesday Morning Sketches

I am also linking up with The Card Concept LOVE challenge with a clean and layered style.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Star Wars Valentine

My grandson is crazy about Star Wars so I made this fun Valentine for him. I copied the R2 image from the internet and cut it out. Since it is Valentine's Day, I added a little heart to R2's chest with a red star gel pen. The sentiments are done on the computer. I popped up the middle of the banner with foam tape to give it that wavy feel. The DSP is from the scrap box.

I have used the Take Your Pick challenge from The Kraft Journal using patterned paper, white, and punch, as my 3 choices.

The layout is from this sketch from Mojo Monday

Thursday, January 8, 2015


After the Holidays, there are always people to thank so I have been doing thank you cards. I found a new challenge djkardkreations to use our new stuff. Thank you Cheryl for directing me there. The challenge is using never before used "schtuff"
Never-Before-Used-Schtuff (Stamps, Dies, EFs, etc.)
I have a new set called "Newton's Daydream" from Newton's Nook. Decided to ink it up for this challenge.
Aren't their kitties so cute. I did a computer greeting and then stamped the kitty and butterflies to fit. The DSP is from Recollections. The ribbon is really hot pink and matches the paper. Don't know why it photographs red. Three pink rhinestones add a little bling.
I used the sketch from CAS(E) This Sketch

Also linking up for the FLASH CHALLENGE at Newton's Nook with a thank you theme.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015


Cold, windy, and just generally unpleasant outside today so I am playing inside,  hibernating in my craft room. My brother-in-law turns 70 this year. I think he will love this. Not a thing old about a man who just returned from a ski trip and has zip lined in a rain forest.
The candle stamp is an old one from Inkadinkadoo. The tag has the complete row of candles. I repeated it across the card base. I colored in the candles with a green pencil that matches the scrap DPs. A gold star gel pen gives sparkle to the flames. The sentiment is from SU, part on the front and the rest inside
I added a little cupcake stamp to emphasis the so little cake--also because I smeared a little green ink there. LOL!
I used the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches

Cowboy Boots

For the cowboy or wanna-be cowboy, this is a great birthday card. Quick and easy masculine card.
The boots are a clip art image colored with pencils and silver star gel pen and fussy cut. Popped up with foam tape. Wood grain paper, sentiment, and burlap ribbon are from SU. Silver brads from Michael's.
Sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches

Tuesday, January 6, 2015


The Kraft Journal is right. It is time to get out the thank you cards. And I am completely out so have been working on that the last few day.
I hope no one "deconstructs" some of my cards. They might be surprised with the "oops" behind the design. On this one, I tried stamping the sentiment onto the Kraft cardstock with VersaMark and gold embossing. Didn't like the look of that--not enough contrast. But I couldn't waste a perfectly good card base. So I covered it with a strip of DSP from SU bordered by 2 purple shimmery strips to pick up the purple in the polka dots. I stamped a SU sentiment in black on a gold vellum banner and accented it with a gold/purple bow.

Sunday, January 4, 2015


When I received my new Sale-a-Bration book from Stampin' Up, I opened that paper cover and discovered beautiful DP on the inside. I don't know if that was what Stampin' Up intended but WOW, 2 free 8 1/2 x 11 sheets. When layered against solid cardstock, you cannot see the images that are on the cover.
I pulled some solid colors from my scrap file, punched out some ovals, and stamped with a Thank You sentiment from SU. Easy peasy fast card!

Friday, January 2, 2015

Good Thoughts

I am back from a fun trip to Texas to spend Christmas with daughter & family. Our son from Chicago and his 2 daughters joined us. There were 5 adults and 5 children ages 6mo.-10yrs. Full house!! First time we had all been together at the same time for about 18 months.
But it is great to be back home in the quiet with the opportunity to craft again.
I am joining in the Curtain Call photo inspiration challenge

My card isn't particularly winter themed but I used the neutral colors.
So maybe we can say the good thoughts are for a short winter season if you are in one of those really cold climates--or at least for you to stay warm.