Friday, August 29, 2014

FwF on a Holiday Weekend.

     Here is to the beginning of a nice holiday weekend.  I would like to share a card I created for this weeks Friends with Flair.  I have really enjoyed the August KOM, and all of it's beautiful images.

 
     Today, my card uses a sweet corn base and layer, and assorted scraps from the Violet Leaf stack from DCWV.  My image, plus sentiment was stamped in Memento Toffee Crunch and colored with Copic markers.  The die cut is called Fanciful Flourish from Cheery Lynn, and I added some tiny Got Flowers? w/ pearls.  There is also a scrap of Rich Razzleberry framing my sentiment.

     I would also like to enter this card at:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge:  Anything Goes
Pixie's Snippets Playground :  Use snippets

     Whatever you ending up doing to celebrate this final swish of the summer season, be safe and enjoy!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Back to School!

 
     Yesterday was the first day of school for many of the kids in my area.  Lots of moms are letting go of their babies for the first time.  Oh, I remember that feeling!  It is filled with very mixed emotions.  This week, at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, the theme is back to school.

Here is what I used.

Card stock:  Gina K. Designs, Lipstick Red base.
Designer Paper:  The green is from American Crafts, The apple is Debbie Mumm, The tags
were cut from a sheet of Crate Paper.
Image: is from Dearie Dolls.
Embellishments:  Epoxy letters and stars, Metal school brads, and natural twine bow.

     I know a little one who will be starting pre-school soon, so I thought I would send a little ice cream money as a treat.

Update: I had my stitches removed from my hand, yesterday.  Dr. said it looks great, but I am out of work for 2 more weeks.  After that, I can not lift extra for 4-6 more weeks.  I have to admit, this is a little more complicated than I thought.  I am however happy I asked questions and found some of things that hurt are all normal.  Although the incision is in your hand, the surgery is actually in your wrist.  Explains a lot!

     Thanks a zillion for stopping by.  Tuesday already, phew!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Coastal Inspiration

 
     Happy Monday Morning!  I decided to enter the Mod Squad Challenge, this week.  The theme is Coastal Inspiration.  I brought out and older Gina K. Designs set, by Tami Mayberry, called Oh Boy!

     To create my card, I started with a Lipstick Red GKD Pure Luxury base.  On my white layer I did direct to paper inking.  I stamped my images on my background for placement, and then paper pieced all of the elements with scraps of dsp.  My little fish punches, were a gift from my friend Carol.  She gifted me with a bag of them in confetti colors, and I just love them!  I added some diamond Stickles to make my ocean & sky shine, and a hemp bow to resemble rope.

     I would also like to enter this card over at Pixie's Snippets Playground, since I used so many little scraps to paper piece.

     I hope you like, and I thank you for stopping around for a visit. 

Friday, August 22, 2014

Friends with Flair

     Happy Friday, friends!  I feel so bad about missing a post last Friday, but as you know from my previous blathering, I had surgery that day.  I am glad it is behind me, and I am praying that things start healing a bit more quickly.  The Dr. found lots of inflammation and also tendonitis.  The stitches come out on Monday, and although they are healing well, and my fingers are bending, I still can not hold a pen steady or apply pressure to stamp.  Okay, enough of this, cause it stinks to be home from work, and unable to be crafty!


     I created this card with my Unity KOM for August 2014, before my hand went down.  I have a few backups to use.  Please be sure to visit the Friends with Flair post over on the Unity Blog

 
     The card is a simple one, with a white base and some great Halloween paper I found at Tuesday Mornings.  I believe it is Bazzill, and that cute hounds tooth is on the reverse side.  I colored the hat image with colored pencils and applied some fun beads as a band.  This new kit has so many fun images, and I can't wait to get into coloring them!

     I want to thank everyone for the cards and well wishes, and I am sure I will be up and at it soon.

Friday, August 8, 2014

It's Friday!

     Here is a card that I created with the July 2014, Unity KOM!  I am sharing this for my Friends with Flair post for this week. 

 
     I started by stamping my main image with Versamark ink, and embossing with white.  I took my VersaMagic chalk ink petals, and did a direct to paper background, and then gently wiping my feather clean with a baby wipe.  I thought it still needed some more detail, so I used the swirl stamp that is also in the kit, stamping it randomly.  Touches of Copic were added to the blank spaces in the feather, to give it a little more dimension.  My purple designer paper is an unknown. The sentiment gave me the most trouble, as I could not find the right color.  Black was too harsh, all purple was too dull.  I settled on the half and half with some antique linen Distress Ink.   For embellishments, I used some American Craft twine, Prima flowers, and Recollection gems.  There is also a bit of glitter added to my sentiment.

     Hope you have a fantastic weekend, and I thank you for stopping by!

Friday, August 1, 2014

This Weeks FwF

     Happy Friday morning. everyone!  I am going to make this post a quick one, as I am struggling with fingers that refuse to bend.  My surgery to clear up this tunnel business will be Aug 15th.  I may be absent for a couple weeks. 

 
     Anyway, on to my card!  This card is pretty much created with scraps.  The base is a half sheet of red that was calling my name from the bin, and I believe it is Gina K. Designs.  Next is a cute chevron scrap from Doodlebug Design.  My words are stamped from one of those magnetic word sets, and they really come in handy sometimes.  The love die cut was a gift from my dear friend Carol, and more snippets of red were used for the insert heart, and the bitty banners.  My main image is from the July 2014, Unity Kit of the Month!  I just love this flower cluster!  Coloring was done with Copics, and I added Stickles, and black sticky dots as accents.

     This card will be for Friends with Flair, at Unity.  I would also like to add this at Pixie's Snippets Playground, since everything was found in bins and desktop.  I believe I will add this to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge also, because it is Anything Goes, this week.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Another Wonderful Friday with Friends!

     It's that time again!  Time to put up a post for Friends with Flair, over on the Unity blog.  Angela is also running another fantastic sale this week, so be sure to check that out, also.

 
     Todays card just kind of happened.  I used the July KOM, and lots of scraps.  The card stock base is Moonlit Fog, from Gina K. Designs. There are also scraps of Cocoa, White, and a designer scrap from Wild Asparagus.  My image were stamped in Memento ink, directly onto the designer paper, and then re-stamped on white, with the leaves being cut out and paper pieced.  I added tiny white pearls to the centers of the tiny flowers that were made with  my SU! itty Bitty shape punch.  Color was added with Copic to the edges of the leaves, and then Diamond Stickles were put over it to add sparkle.  I also added some Gina K. Designs stitched ribbon.  The sentiment was cut with a SB scalloped oval.  One last thing... I have wanted a SU! scalloped border punch forever.  I was able to score one this past weekend, from a friend who is cleaning up her supplies.  That made me so happy!

     Since I used lots of bits from my desktop, I would also like to enter this over at Pixie's Snippets Playground, this week.  You must go check out all of the fine work done at the playground.

     I am staying home from work today, until I can get my Carpel Tunnel surgery scheduled.  I had hoped to wait until fall, but that is not going to happen.  It is silly to stay in pain if it can be resolved. 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Friends with Flair

 
     Happy Friday!  Today's card for Friends with Flair, over on the Unity blog, was done using a past kit of the month.  It was the April 2014 KOM, called Botanical Bliss.  My card base and designer paper are both out of my scraps.  I used Prima flowers, with an assortment of centers including brads and button.  There was some sparkle added using a Stardust pen.  Coloring was done with Copic markers.
    
     Thanks for the visit, and I  appreciate each and every comment.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Mouse in a Plane!

 
     Since I had to have most things shut down, last night, due to storms in the area, I decided to play at my table with a new die I recently purchased.  This card sort of just happened. 

     I started with a white base, added designer paper from Doodlebug Designs, and an embossed panel of clouds, which I made up during a visit to my DD's craft room.  Then came my new airplane die which is a Die-namics from MFT.  I decided to cut it out 3x so that I could off set layers and give it a little more dimension with the colors.  Next came my little clouds which I popped up on dimensionals.  The background and clouds were sponged with Smoky Slate ink.

     The next dilemma was who should drive the plane!  As I went through my stash of critters, I was so hoping I could insert a Weenie dog, but nope.  I came across a Cocoa mouse set from Sweet n Sassy, and decided here was my victim.  This Cocoa was from the set called Springtime Cocoa, as is the sentiment.  I colored him with Copic markers and planted him in the plane.

     When I bought the airplane die, I was surprised at how large it was, when it arrived!  Since I work in mostly A2 size, I was not able to fly the banner behind the plane!

     Since all of the die cuts and clouds were made from snippets in the scrap bin, I am entering this card over at Pixie's Snippets Playground.

     We are expecting more storms today, so I will be in and out.  I am ready for the cooler weather which is on it's way.  Whatever you do today, be safe and enjoy!

Monday, July 14, 2014

You are my sunshine!

    
 
    
     Just a quick post of a Unity card I made this morning.  This uses the July KOM from Unity.  My inks are River Rock and Pool Party from SU!  I even snuck in a few Copic colors on the flower/sun.

 
     There are Stickles Diamond for sparkle, and some paper scrap banners, and amber pearls for embellishments.   I popped the front panel off the base.

     Not much else going on.  I appreciate the visit.  It has been so hot here, there is not much motivation.  Strong storms are in the forecast for the latter part of the day.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Let's Be Clear

     Today I have a card to share that is for 2 challenges.  The first challenge is the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, and that is where I got the title for my post.  It is let's be clear because you are to use some clear or see through on your card.  My second challenge is Pixie's Snippets Playground, Week # 133, since I have all kinds of bits to create this card collage.  Let me explain.......

 
     Last week, I was trying to make room on my work surface.  I came across little ziplocks stuffed with all kinds of printed bits, stamped images, die cuts and little gifts.  They had been accumulating for eons, and it's not that they are unloved, but I just don't create fast enough!  I tend to box myself in to have things close.

     I am going to explain where each thing has come from:

*My card base, camera charm, and swirly clip came as a gift in one of my Unity KOM sets.
*The scrap of designer paper is from Studio Calico.
*My clear panel is from a package of embossing folders, and is run through the CB with the  stone wall EF.
*My brads are from Gina K. Designs, and were included in one of their KOM.
*The Sprocket and Feather die cuts were cut with my friend Carol's dies.   I also used her SU! oval punches to create the background  for my sentiment.
*The sentiment stamp is from Clear Dollar Stamp,
*As for the printed postcard and scene, they were also a gift, and I believe they are Crafty Secrets.

     I rubbed down lots of the pieces with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

     Well, there you have it.  By the time I got through putting all the little bags of this and that in a tub I had an 11x14 tub heaped with stuff ready to go on cards.  I need to use these goodies!

     So happy to have you visit!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Friends with Flair

 
     Here we are heading into another weekend, and I wanted to be sure and get a post in for this weeks Friends with Flair.  My new July Kit of the Month has arrived.  Unity seems to outdo themselves with each new kit that is released. 

 
     For this card I used a white base with Designer paper from Crate Paper's Fourteen collection.  I also used a new die from MFT called oval chain border.  I swapped out the negative pieces for a different effect.  My image and sentiment were stamped in Memento ink and the image was colored in Copic marker.  Glossy accents were applied to the heart and shutter. For embellishment, I used a bakers twine bow, and tiny crystal stars from Recollections.  The camera was popped with foam mounting tape.

     It seems there are a few technical issues with the links over on the Unity Blog, but you can get the direct link from the archives on the side bar.

     Have a fantastic July weekend, and thanks for stopping around.