Monday, September 16, 2019

CAS Christmas Card

It is the time of the year when you need to kick your card making into high gear so you can get all your cards made.  I will be gone from home over three weeks in November and December so the pressure is really on.

I decided to do the monthly challenge at CAS Christmas Card Challenge.  The challenge is holiday treats.


I had bought a set of playing cards which are gingerbread men.  Gingerbread men are wonderful holiday treats.  I did two designs of a CAS card,  I really don't know which one I prefer. 

The only thing I did to the card was trim off the bottom so the man of my dreams would sit straight on the card front.  The background for the gingerbread boy is bristol smooth card stock dipped into some distress oxide ink to add some depth to the background.  I just used a simple red and white stripe and green dots to add some color to the card.  A simple stamped sentiment completes the card. 


Here the stripe is on the bottom to ground our man.


Thanks for stopping by. 

Oldie Moldie Monday

It is Monday - time to show some love for your old supplies.

I made two cards like the one I am sharing using a couple sheets of paper from a 6 x 6 pad.


Remember to show some love for your old supplies.

Oldie Moldie Monday

It is Monday.  Time to show some love for your old supplies.

The paper used on this card is from a 6 x 6 pad from Basic Grey - well aged - I am sure I have  12 x 12 sheets of it also.


Remember to show some love  to your old supplies.  They still make great cards and will bring a smile to someone's face. 

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Autumn Birthday Card

September and October are busy birthday months in my family.   I need to get my cards made because I am going on a short trip so will miss over a week of creating.  Truth be told - I am trying to get my birthday cards done for the remainder of the year plus into January.

The new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches provided the inspiration for this card.  This card is for my brother in law.

The strip of multi colored paper was made last year using a stencil and distress oxide inks.  I had a piece of it left and thought it would be perfect for this sketch.  It has some great autumn/fall colors in it.  The background was dipped in oxide ink to add just a little extra depth to the white card stock.  I cut a very narrow strip of green card stock to edge both sides of  the oxide ink strip.  After the strip was adhered, I stamped a simple sentiment under the strip.  I stamped the leaves in dark brown ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  I fussy cut the leaves out.  I adhered the panel to the front of a kraft card base to add more fall feel to the card plus this makes it  more masculine.  I popped up the top leaf.  The leaves at the bottom.  The male leaf is glued to the card front and the other leaf is popped up also.


I am also entering this card in the current challenge at The Male Room where the challenge is Autumn.


Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Oldie Moldie Monday

It is Monday - time to show some love for your old supplies.

When I was cleaning up I found this one sheet of fish paper and decided to use it to make some cards for a military box.  The stamp is very old also. 


Remember to show some love for your old supplies.  They still make beautiful cards.

Friday, September 6, 2019

CAS Watercolor Card

I love to play with my watercolors.  I keep hoping I will get better using them.  Somedays I like my results - other days - keep working at it.

I like to do the monthly challenge at CAS Watercolor Challenge because the CAS is always a challenge for me. 

The challenge this month is to use the color wheel and use complementary colors.   I decided to go with the blue - orange colors.  I honestly don't think there is a flower these colors in nature but I do like how it turned out.


This is a stamp set from Stampendous that Michaels carries.  I had looked at it for quite awhile but never purchased it and then I visited my friend Annie and she got it out and I used it.  I had to have it.  I also had received a couple card made with this stamp so the desire was already sitting in my head and Annie pushed it into the shopping card.

I used an inexpensive set of watercolors I bought at Joann's to color the floral image.  I used several shades of orange for the petals and several shades of blue for the center part of the flower.  I added gold onto the center of the flower and in the petals for another depth of color.  I loved the addition of the gold.


I had to also do an envelope to match.  I hope it makes the mail people happy as it goes on its merry way through the system and hopefully the recipient loves the hint of what is inside.  To color the flowers on the envelope, I just put the orange color of a piece of acetate and added some extra water and pressed it over the floral image.  I did color the center and added a little of the gold.


I am also adding it to the challenge at Addicted to Stamps where the challenge this week is Make Your Mark.  I colored with my watercolors. 


I am also adding it to the monthly challenge at The Flower Challenge where the challenge is Anything Goes.  



Thanks for stopping by.  

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

September Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge

Christmas is coming up very fast so here is a great opportunity to make a Christmas card for the Happy Little Stampers September Christmas Challenge

The challenge is always Anything Goes (the best kind of challenge) but you do have the optional twist of an elf.


 I went through my Christmas stuff and I found no elf.  (of course, after my card was finished I found an elf stamp in a box of supplies I had taken to my daughter's in June while dog sitting.)  My card has a snowman on it.  You can pretend it is a cold elf with a round figure.

I stamped the snowman and water colored him or her.  I added a light blue wash to the background of the snow person image. I found a suitable sentiment which was stamped on a die cut circle which has the same light blue wash on it.  Both the sentiment and image were matted with the same purple I matted the plaid paper with.  I do love some layers on my cards.  I used three different patterned papers from the paper pad I was using.  I even added some light purple/lavender washi tape on the top edge of on the papers.  The sentiment and image were pop dotted to add some dimension to the front of the card.


You can see on the close up of my snow person that I added clear glitter embossing paste on the bottom of the snow person to ground him/her.  I also added some of the same gel in the big dots on the bottom paper.  I added some clear Stickles to the ball on the cap.  I used my white gel pen to add some detail to the scarf and to the brim of the hat.


Please do some join us at Happy Little Stampers for our September Christmas Challenge

CAS Mix Up September Challenge

I have been home for awhile so I am able to play along with a few of my favorite challenges.

This month the challenge at CAS Mix Up is Inchies


For my card I used stamping, watercolor, die cutting and embossing paste.


I first cut a strip of one inch wide watercolor paper.  I smooshed it in some oxide ink to add a little color to the strip.  I would stamp the penguin on each end of the strip and then go cut off one inch and repeat the process.  I stamped four of the little penguins in this position of the square.  There is one on the inside of the card.

I found a small piece of shiny paper that coordinated with the color used on my inchies.  I cut a mat and die cut three snowflakes.  I stamped the sentiment on the card front and then added clear glitter embossing gel through a stencil to represent falling snow.  I glued each inchie to a snowflake so it looks like they are hanging from the snowflake.  They are randomly places on the card front around the sentiment.  I used Gina K Connect Glue to adhere them since adhering things to glitter gel can be iffy. 

I really like how this card turned out.  Thank you for the challenge. 

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Christmas Cards and a Sketch

It is that time of the year when you need to get your Christmas cards in order and made.   It is especially true for me since I will be in Florida late November into the first part of December for three weeks (of course, hopefully it is still there with Dorian brewing in the Atlantic as I write this).

I am doing the sketch challenge at AAA Cards.  This challenge blog is for clean and simple cards.  I do struggle making clean and simple cards.  All that white space scares me.

Here is the sketch for the challenge this week.  It had the optional twist of using an animal.


Here is my take on this sketch.  This stamp I have had in my stash for a long time and never used it.  I thought it fit the sketch perfectly.  I cut pieces of watercolor paper and stamped the image.  I then water colored the image.  To highlight the bird I came back in with some colored pencils and brighten up some of the colors.  I matted the image with a blue card stock.  I made my card bases out of the same watercolor paper.  I did add some watered down light blue oxide ink to the front and then using a stencil added clear glitter gel to give the card some sparkle.  (Christmas cards need sparkle.)  I made four of these cards.

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 I am also placing this in the current Monday Challenge at Simon Says Stamps.  Their challenge is to use something clear.  I used my clear glitter gel on this card. 

Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, September 2, 2019

Oldie Moldie Monday

It is Monday - time to show some love for some old supplies.


The sentiment is a digital image from Operation Write Home Days.  This card will go into a military box.

Thanks for stopping by and remember to show some love for your old supplies.  Remember they still make beautiful cards.

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Playing With A Sketch

I am trying to make some thank you notes for a non profit I am involved with so I used the current sketch at Freshly Made Sketches for my card layout. 

I flipped the sketch on its side and my flower represents the strip on the sketch.

 I am also placing it in the challenge at Addicted to Stamps which is Anything Goes.


At Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge the challenge this week is also Anything Goes.

I have been trying to put my crafting area back together.  It had exploded all over my house with lighting and eye issues.  I believe all that has been solved now thanks to cataract surgery and a nice visit from an electrician with new lights and more plug ins.  Oh happy day.  But I digress.  As I am picking up I am finding all these backgrounds I have made.  I am putting them in one box.  I almost have a photo box from Michaels filled with backgrounds.  This is where the pieces came from for this card.  Unfortunately I really have no idea how I made this background - I am thinking it is distress oxides and it has also been dry embossed.  The other pieces are just pieces with a light blue ink on them. 

I have a new floral die and have die cut quite a few of these flowers.  If you look back, you can see a few more cards using this flower on them.

The thank you is from Rubber Necker Stamps.


Thanks for stopping by.  I need to go make another card using backgrounds I have on hand.  I may be busy for a year. 

Happy Little Stampers September Watercolor Challenge

Hard to believe that September is here.  In our area of the world, the kiddos start back to school next week.  Pretty soon it will be snowing.  UGH.

The watercolor challenge at Happy Little Stampers for the Month of September is Anything Goes with the optional twist of tropical.



I do not have too much in my supplies that are tropical but I did remember I had this flamingo stamp from Whipper Snapper Stamps.  It is wood block stamp but I removed it from its block and used it in my Misti (the best tool ever invented for the stamper). 

I stamped it on watercolor paper and used my Cut and Scan to cut it out.  I used a new watercolor set I recently bought which was a very inexpensive one at JoAnn's.  It had some pretty colors in it.  The flamingo is several different colors of pink. 

I was having difficulty deciding on a background for my flamingo.  I believe I went on Pinterest and was just looking at cards and saw one that had stripes painted on the background.  I picked three tropical colors from the watercolor set and painted on my stripes.  Each stripe has several layers of the same color on it to give a bright bold stripe.  On two of the stripes I added clear glitter embossing paste through a stencil. 

One of my original ideas was to use tropical leaves so I had cut several leaves with my Silhouette and colored them.  I used two of the leaves to ground my flamingo.  I die cut the sentiment from some black cardstock.

I needed a birthday card in October for my great niece so I am hoping she likes Ms. Flamingo.


Please join us at Happy Little Stampers for our September Watercolor Challenge

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Simon Says Anything Goes

I love challenges that are "anything goes" because it works right into whatever is on your design table.  Luckily for me the current challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is Anything Goes

I am working on some thank you notes for a non profit and I recently made some cards using some inked backgrounds I had made awhile ago and some new die cuts I had.  This card is scraps (the blue pieces and the black stripe pieces) from those cards.  I just arranged them so they were pleasing to my eyes. 

The sentiment stamp is from Rubbernecker Stamps.  I like the size and font of the thank you.


I keep wanting to add splatters to this card but I am trying to practice restraint. 

Thanks for stopping by. 

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

S Is The Letter of the Day

I am playing along with the Monday Challenge at Simon Says Stamp.  The challenge is "S is For".

"S" could be for so many things.  My S words are stamping, sparkle, and splatters.

I had visited my friend Annie and we played with our gelli plates and distress inks.  The card started with one of those backgrounds.  The flower was stamped on two different pieces of gelli plate backgrounds and fussy cut with scissors (that is an S word).  I believe I did add a little more color to the flower and stem/leaf.  This stamp is from Dina Wakely.  The sentiment  (another S word) is becoming a favorite for me.  I added sparkle (another S word) with a clear glitter embossing paste through a stencil (another S word).  The flower was adhered over a bed of black thread with pop dots to add some dimension.  Then I added black splatters (my final S word).


I even created a pretty envelope to mail the card in.  I wonder if postal workers like seeing pretty.


I enjoyed creating this card.  I love that new flower stamp.  Thanks for stopping by. 

Monday, August 26, 2019

Oldie Moldie Monday

It is Monday - time to show some love for your old supplies.  I saw this sheet of patterned paper with fish on it and new I could make some male cards for a military box a friend is doing.


The stamp I used is very old also.

Remember to show some love for your old supplies.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Oldie Moldie Monday

It is Monday - time to show some love for your old supplies.

I found this sheet of patterned paper in my large paper supply and decided to use a sketch and make some simple cards for a friend's military box.  All of my card stock is well aged also.  The only fairly new thing I used on the card is the hello die.


Remember to show some love for your old supplies.

Friday, August 16, 2019

CAS Thank You

I was able to play along with a couple challenges this week.  I should have been cleaning/clearing but making a card is more fun.

I used the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.

The weekly challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More  is Clean and Simple.


 I decided to flip the sketch.  I had been digging in my background box and found a couple pieces that would work for the sketch.  I used some of my precious black and white stripe from My Favorite Things to cover the cut line and the very end of the floral stem.  The flower is a new die from Spellbinders.  The stamp is from Rubber Necker Stamps.


Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

CAS Stencil Card

The August CAS Stencil challenge is to use your stencil with sprays.



The current challenge at CAS ON FRIDAY is to use a stencil.

I have many stencils in my supplies along with many different types of sprays.  What to use for this challenge.  I did several different stencils and decided to use this one.

This spray has a nice sheen to it.  The background is the clean up of the stencil.  I had laid out a big piece of paper to lay my stencils on after I used them.  I used a paper towel and just softly added pressure so the ink went onto the clean up sheet.  I think I liked it better than the spray through the stencil because there was more color.

The thank you is a new stamp from Rubber Necker Stamps.  When I stamped it, if you look very closely, you will see it stamps a little different across the ink.  I added a few sequins to finish off the card.  


Thanks for stopping by.  Remember not to waste any of the ink on your stencils.  You never know how pretty your clean up will be.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Oldie Moldie Monday

It is Monday and time to show some love for your old supplies.


I tried a new fold on this card that I had pinned on Pinterest.  You do need double sided paper for this and luckily I found a 6 x 6 pad that was double sided.  I love the colors of this paper.

Remember to show some love for your old supplies.

Friday, August 9, 2019

CAS Mix Up Challenge

I love to play along with challenges that are CAS (clean and simple).  I find this style of card very hard to do.  I am more a lets put on as many layers as possible cardmaker.

The challenge this month at CAS Mix Up Challenge is to use a paper towel in your card.


I dug through some of my "stuff" and yes I did have some colored paper towels in my supplies.  I decided to use one that was all one color.  I adhered it to a piece of light weight card stock with gel medium.  I then die cut the piece out with a rectangle die. 

I also cut this new floral die from Rubbernecker Stamps to use as the focal point.  The hugs die is also from Rubbernecker Stamps.  After I had adhered the floral die and word die to the paper towel I added a layer of clear glitter through a stencil to add a little sparkle to the card. 

I then added the stamped sentiment.  I am thinking this sentiment stamp will be getting lots of use.


Thanks for stopping by. 

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

CAS Christmas Challenge

I find it very difficult to make CAS (clean and simple) cards.  I love my layers so I do challenges to try to perfect this style. 

I found a wonderful challenge site that does CAS Christmas Cards.  Their challenge this month is Glitter.


I have a habit of buying Christmas tags when they go on sale or clearance.  These tags usually make great focal points for Christmas cards.  It also makes your Christmas card creating easier.

I love this sweet penguin.  I trimmed him down and added a black mat behind the image.  The background for my card is GLITTER card stock.  It came in a 12 x 12 pack I bought last year.  It is a very pretty sparkle on top of white.  My picture does not do it justice.

I die cut the sentiment from some scrap black card stock.  I glued it on with my Gina K Connect glue.  Glue seems to work the best on glitter card stock.    I tied on a red and white baker's twine bow to add a little more red to the card.  The image was pop dotted to the front of the card.


Thanks for stopping by. 

Monday, August 5, 2019

Oldie Moldie Monday

It is Monday - time to show some love for your old supplies.

I am trying to make a few cards for a friend in Minnesota who sends cards to local troops who have been deployed overseas.


I also used a very old stamp for the sentiment.  The flowers are a die cut set from My Favorite Things which I have used scraps and cut an entire container full of them

Remember to show some love to your old supplies.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

August Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge

It is time for a new Christmas Challenge at Happy Little Stampers.

As always, the challenge is Anything Goes with an optional twist of using Jingle Bells.


Would you believe I had no Jingle Bells so I did Anything Goes.  I went with a mixed media Christmas card (I actually make 12 of  these).  I had bought the kraft  reindeer on clearance - a package has around 20 in it so I can make a few more cards or tags.  The background is distress paint loosely painted on white paper.  I then added cream colored glossy embossing paste through a stencil.  Brown heavy duty thread and gold thread provided the backdrop for the reindeer.  The sentiment was die cut from dark brown card stock.  Gold watercolor was splattered across the front of the card.


Here is the close up of the reindeer, paint, embossing paste and thread.


Please join us at Happy Little Stampers for our August Christmas challenge.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Happy Little Stampers August Watercolor Challenge

It is the beginning of August and time for a new  watercolor challenge at Happy Little Stampers

The challenge is always Anything Goes but you do have the option to make it Ocean themed.


I do not have many ocean themed stamps so I went off on a creative journey.  I drew my fish and colored them with different watercolor pens, pencils and paint.  I added doodles with gel pens and a fine line black marker.  I also used some clear Tonic drops to make the bubbles (it actually covers up very poorly done ink bubbles).  Thank goodness I could cover those drawn bubbles with the clear drops.

The background water is six to eight different colors of blue watercolor paint.



Here are some close ups of the fish I drew.  The two fish hiding in the weeds (the weeds were cut with my Silhouette and watercolored) were also cut on the Silhouette.



Please come and join us at Happy Little Stampers and participate in our August Watercolor challenge.

Thanks for dropping by.