Monday, May 22, 2017

Mami's Mother's Day Card

Hello crafty friends,

I hope everyone had a nice Mother's day weekend.  We took both my Mom and my Mother-In-Law to the casino, which they both love and dinner.  We all had a very nice time.

I can't show you the card I made for my Mother-In-Law (yet), but I can show the card I made for my Mom:


I used the Christmas bear with snowman digital stamp from JustMEdigitalstamps for my main element... but i had to tweak him a little, because he was holding a snowman.  I printed him twice, and cut his head off just under the scarf, which I paper pieced w/the same pattern paper as the background.  I added roses from the Clearly Besotted Miniature Floral Collection stamp set to cover the snowman his was holding.   He's has dimension, because I raised parts of him.


and even the card's envelope got a little flower treatment :)



Thanks for stopping bye to check out my card.  Until next time... take care.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Encouragement Squad - May 2017

Hello craft friends,

Coming to you this month as a CAS-ual Fridays Encouragement Squad team member with a little inspiration for our first encouragement challenge!  We all need a little cheering up from time to time. 

Our color inspiration board for this month:


I took a very simple design path, creating a card with the three main target colors using my zig watercolor pens and the lovely Pretty Posies stamp and die sets.


I created a second card that took a little longer to make, because of the sharker elements.  For this card I used the Sands of Time stamp set.  I love this stamp set and I'm sad to see that's it's retiring.



Thank you for stopping by today.  We hope you will like our new monthly challenges at the Calling All Sistahs blog.  We look forward to getting to know.  Until next month... be good to yourself. 


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Calling All Sistahs - May 2017

Hello craft friends,

Coming to you this month as a CAS-ual Fridays Encouragement Squad team member with a little inspiration and a reminder to do your monthly breast self exam and scheduled your yearly mammogram.  Our new Calling All Sistahs blog is here.


Thank you for stopping by today.  Come back tomorrow for our first Encouragement Challenge! Until tomorrow... be good to yourself. 

Scrapy Land Challenge #66

Hello crafty friends,

Scrapy Land's Challenge #66 theme is... Pearls and/or Lace, using SL dies and the card I created uses both pearls and lace, while still staying true to my personal style.


I stared with an off white card base (my pearls were off white) to which I added a die cut background panel.   Here are two similar floral background dies that would work:   Penny Black's The Garden and Tutti Designs Garden Backgound.


I added the wood butterflies wrapped in lace, because I broke the die cut as I was attaching it to the card base.  But it ended up being a nice finishing touch.

Thanks for stopping bye today.  Hope you'll join the fun at the Scrapy Land Challenge.  You have until 5/ to submit your projects.  The winner, chosen by the design team, will receive a $15 gift certificate to Scrapy Land.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Encouragement Squad - My Intro Day

Hello craft friends,

This news has been bubbling up inside me for weeks and I'm so happy to FINALLY be able to tell you all it.   Drum roll please....  I made the CAS-ual Friday Encouragement Squad!  How freaking awesome is that.


If you are not familiar with the new Encouragement Squad, let me tell you a little about it and link you to our new website.  Michele Gross' goal for the monthly Calling All Sistahs blog hop was to remind our sistahs to do their self breast exams and in doing so to spread awareness about the importance of early detection in a fun and light hearted way.  I took part in several of these monthly blog hops and when Michele was looking for Designers for a new team, I jumped at the chance.   You can read more about what makes this team different and special here

So here's how this is going to work:

On the 17th of each month,  a post featuring a parade of projects from the Encouragement Squad design team.  

The next day on the 18th, an encouragement challenge will begin for anyone and everyone who wants to participate! It will be a photo that features color chips. Players can use the color chips or draw inspiration from the photo, or both to create an encouragement card with no product and no genre restrictions. It could be for someone who was just diagnosed, going through treatment, recovering from any sort of illness or surgery, going through a rough time in a relationship or job, or experiencing a crossroads in life. There are a bazillion reasons that we might need to make an encouragement card to let someone know we are thinking of them, and that will be the main focus of this new challenge. 

Now that you know what's going on, let me show you the card i created for my intro post:

The first thing you have to know about me, is that I love penguins, so my first card w/CAS-ual Friday had to have a penguin on it.  Now, I'm sorry to say that the penguin is not one of Michele's stamps, but don't worry, in the coming months I'll work on her to bring us some animals stamps ;)

The main focus of this card is the floral speech bubble and I created it with the lovely Pretty Posies stamp set and coordinating dies.  I started by stamping and water coloring several of the flowers and leaves with my zig brush pens on watercolor paper.   I use strathmore mixed media 400 series.  Once all my flowers and leaves were done, I set them aside and die cut the bottom of my speech bubble.   

Next i started placing my flowers within the speech bubble trying to cover as much of the black glitter card stock speech bubble.   Once I liked their placement and they were all attached.  I die cut the bottom of the speech bubble again to get a clean bottom edge.  I added some teal enamel dots and using dimensional tape attached the floral speech bubble to my card front.  

Since I had a few flower leftover, I decide to make the inside a little special and glued them directly onto the inside panel along w/a die cut hello and the "I'm thinking of you" stamped sentiment from the same Pretty Posies stamp set

Thanks for stopping bye...  I'm beyond excited to be part of this new team and I'm looking forward to meeting lots of you on social media and at craft fairs.  Until next time... take care.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Scrapy Land Challenge #65

Hello crafty friends,

Scrapy Land's Challenge #65 theme is "Anything Goes using SL brand dies", so I created this birthday card for my Mother-In-Law:


It's a shaker card, which I made using the negative space left when I die cut the large butterfly.   I started the card with a piece of orange to yellow pattern paper,  which I trimmed to fit the front of my 5x7 card.  I die cut a large butterfly and backed the opening with the stuff needed to make a shaker card element.  I added three water-colored and die cut flowers to the left bottom corner of the card and distressed my butterfly a bit w/distress inks. I added some enamel accents for the body of the butterfule and a few under the sentiment for added interest.  Here are a couple more pictures:



this last photo is of the inside.  I took one of the left over die cut pattern papers and used it on the inside of my card.

Thanks for stopping bye today.  Hope you'll join the fun at the Scrapy Land Challenge.  You have until 5/14 to submit your projects.  The winner, chosen by the design team, will receive a $15 gift certificate to Scrapy Land.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Easter 2017

Hello crafty friends,

Here's a recap of my Easter 2017 cards.  I did a ton of coloring, but end up not making as many cards as I wanted.










Thanks for stopping bye today.  Until next time... take care :)

Sands of Time

Hello crafty friends,

I have a quick and easy card to show you today.  I used the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Sands of Time stamp set... and I just found out (when I went to the site to get it's link address) that this stamp set is retiring :(


Thanks for stop bye... until next time, take care.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Scrapy Land Challenge #64

Hello crafty friends,

Here's my card for the Scrapy Land Challenge #64.  The theme, spring blooms using dies they carry:


I started by covering my card front with a floral pattern paper.  Next I started working on the center element for my card front, which would contain all my die cuts and stamped images.  An oval window into a blooming garden.



Thanks for stopping bye today.  Hope you'll join the fun at the Scrapy Land Challenge.  You have until 4/30 to submit your projects.  The winner, chosen by the design team, will receive a $15 gift certificate to Scrapy Land.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Scrapy Land Challenge #63

Hello crafty friends,

Scrapy Land's Challenge #63 has a theme of  "Anything Goes using SL brand dies", so I thought it was a good time to use a die I recently picked up.  Here's my card for the Challenge:




After having this die set in my wishlist for a few weeks, I finally got it and I'm so glad.  The flowers are lovely and the perfect size.   Here's an image of the die set, called Stitched Daisy Pair by Frantic Stamper:




Thanks for stopping bye today.  Hope you'll join the fun at the Scrapy Land Challenge.  You have until 4/16 to submit your projects.  The winner, chosen by the design team, will receive a $15 gift certificate to Scrapy Land.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Margaritas

Hello crafty friends,

I love Margaritas (it's my Mom's name after all)... and I love how this card turned out.  Wish me luck. I'm taking part in the current CAS-Fridays' Challenge - No Dies Allowed, by submitting this watercolor card.


Here's my masculine version... with beer steins and bottles, but since this version has a cheers die on it, I didn't link it in the challenge.


and in case you get hungry while drinking... here are some donuts for you:



Thanks for stopping bye, please check out CAS-Fridays' Challenge blog post and leave them some love in the comment section.   Until next time... take care.

Fishbowl Card

Hello crafty friends,

I recently made this card while playing w/my fish and fishbowl stamps I picked up at SSAT a few weeks ago:


I started by stamping the fishbowl onto the pattern paper (a blue water looking one) that i wanted for my fishbowl's background.  Next I cut out all my fishbowl elements to make the fishbowl into a shaker element using my Scan&Cut2.



As you can see in this photo, I cut the fishbowl's background pattern paper, the fishbowl's front trim and the clear plastic I would need to make the fishbowl into a shaker element.  I also cut the fish :)

Using my Scan&Cut2, I scan the stamped fishbowl into Scan&Cut Canvas on my computer.  I tweaked the image, by giving it cut lines on the inside, so I could make the fishbowl trim piece.


Of course, I had to add a peeking cat stamped image behind my fishbowl.  Thanks for stopping bye.  Until next time, take care.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

So Much Fun

Hello crafty friends,

Have you tried making a wobble card?  I've made a few and this one is by far my favorite design.


LOL... This cat stamp by C.C. Designs is a perfect wobble element.  I printed the CAKE CAKE CAKE sentiment and also the sentiment on the inside of the card.


Here's the wobble in action:

video


Thanks for stopping bye.  Until next time, take care.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Little Cats BDay Card #2

Hello craft friends,

Here's my second card using Mama Elephant's Little Cat Agenda stamp: 



I wanted my cats in a row, so I made a wide card (8.5x4.5) by cutting down a 8.5x11 sheet of white card stock.  My little cats were water-colored with zig real brush markers and I added two small sentiment stamps that fit inside the little polariods to my row.  The Happy Birthday die cuts came from two different die sets and were both cut from while card stock.   

I used the following:


I'm going for a total of five cards using these cuties, so I'll be back with more ideas.  Thanks for stopping bye today.  Until next time, take care. 

Friday, March 17, 2017

Calling All Sistahs - Mar2017 Blog Hop

Hello crafty friends,


It's that time again... I'm joining the fabulous ladies over at CAS-ual Fridays Stamps for their monthly Calling All Sistahs Blog Hop.  If you are not familiar with this hop... it's a fun and crafty way to remind you to do your monthly breast self exam and scheduled your yearly mammogram.


For my card this month, I started with a blank 5x5 card.  I die cut a stitched scalloped panel, which I water colored with distress ink after stamping "check yourself" all over it.  I created the ribbon shape on the background by holding the ribbon stamp on the panel while I water colored around it.  If you have the die, you can use a die cut to get the same affect.  Next I stamped "calling all sistahs" and scan it, so I could enlarge it a bit.  I printed it on watercolor paper, water colored it like the background panel and attached it on foam.  My final touch was to add a white ribbon on the banner.       
Thank you for stopping by today.  Your next hop should be to Nora Noll's blog or the Cas-ual Fridays Stamp's blog.  Until next month... be good to yourself. 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Scrapy Land Challenge #62

Hello crafty friends,

Scrapy Land's Challenge #62 has a theme of "favorite Holiday using SL brand dies", so I had to make a Halloween card, because Halloween is my favorite Holiday be far.   Here's my card for the Challenge:




The main die I used for this card is the Jack-O-Lantern faces (LOVE) from Frantic Stamper.


I also used a stacking stitched die set to make my tags.  This is not the set I used, but these actually have more sizes than the set I have.


Thanks for stopping bye today.  Hope you'll join the fun at the Scrapy Land Challenge.  You have until 4/2 to submit your projects.  The winner, chosen by the design team, will receive a $15 gift certificate to Scrapy Land.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Little Cats BDay Card #1

Hello craft friends,

I fell in LOVE with the Mama Elephant Little Cat Agenda stamp set on first sight.  I got it as a xmas gift and sadly in true Mary fashion, it sat loved, but unused for weeks/months... until  @knittykittydigis commented "I'm still waiting to see what you do with your Mama Elephant Little cats"  so here's the much awaited first card using these cuties:




I used the following:




The background paper on both my card front and tag is from Momenta 8x8 watercolor paper pad.  The cats were water-colored with Zig real brush markers.  Thanks for stopping bye today.  Until next time, take care. 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Scrapy Land Challenge #61

Hello crafty friends,

Scrapy Land's Challenge #61 has a theme of "anything goes using SL brand dies" this time, so stayed with the Easter theme I currently have going.   Here's my card for the Challenge:


I love how the card turned out, but honesty it took time... a few hours to create.  No coloring, just die cutting this time.  The bunnies were all die cut using the Impression Obsession Bunny Set.  For the grass you see peeking out of those egg shape windows, I used the Frantic Stamper Stitched Grassy Hill, which is not currently available, but Scrapy Land has several other grass dies that would work... here are a few of them.

As for the egg shape windows, I used my ScanNcut2 for them.  I created a card front cut file for an A2 size card containing 9 egg windows. If you want the file, I would be glad to send it to you (once I figure out how to save it to my computer).  Here's what the cut file looks like:



Thanks for stopping bye today.  Hope you'll join the fun at the Scrapy Land Challenge.  You have until 3/12 to submit your projects.  The winner, chosen by the design team, will receive a $15 gift certificate to Scrapy Land.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Lets Rock!

Hello crafty friends,

Spent last night putting my monster rock stars that I colored a while ago onto cards.  I had enough of them to make the following three cards.




I used the following products:
Silly Monster Rockstars (Your Next Stamp)
Small Sketched Stars (Papertrey Ink)
Night Sky Cover Plate (Papertrey Ink)
Bam Bubble (Paper Smooches)
Big Bang Confetti (Winnie&Walter)

Thanks for stopping bye today.  Until next time, take care.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Calling All Sistahs - Feb2017 Blog Hop

Hello crafty friends,



It's that time again... I'm joining the fabulous ladies over at CAS-ual Fridays Stamps for their monthly Calling All Sistahs Blog Hop.  If you are not familiar with this hop... it's a fun and crafty way to remind you to do your monthly breast self exam and scheduled your yearly mammogram.


My card is a simple one.  I stamped a background of soft pink heart splashes.  Stamped the ribbon with the same soft pink ink and used my spectrum noir clear sparkle pen to watercolor the ribbon. Once dry, I stamped the "you are loved" sentiment, with fits the theme perfectly, using a darker pink ink. 

Thank you for stopping by today.  Your next hop should be to Claire's blog or the Cas-ual Fridays Stamp's blog.  Until next month... be good to yourself. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Scrapy Land Challenge #60

Hello crafty friends,

Scrapy Land's Challenge #60 is all about adding texture to your cards/projects.  My card today has texture without being too bulky, so it's definitely mail'able.



As you can see I used my die to add texture... by die cutting several giraffes from the same card stock as my card front and gluing them directly onto the card front, I created visual texture and interest.  I ran with that idea and added die cute of the word Happy for more texture.

Here's a picture of the dies I used:


















The Baby Giraffe can be found here.  The Die-Versions' Happy is not currently available, but Scrapy Land has many other word dies that would work... here's just a few of them.

Thanks for stop bye today.  Hope you'll join the fun at the Scrapy Land Challenge.  You have until 2/19 to submit your projects.  The winner, chosen by the design team, will receive a $15 gift certificate to Scrapy Land.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy LOVE Day

Hello crafty friends,

This one's for you.  Thanks for all your continue love and support of my crafty efforts.  Have a GREAT day!