Thursday, February 27, 2014

To the Moon Brayer Card

As promised, this is the second brayer card I made over the past weekend.  I enjoyed learning the technique, and now I'm on the hunt for a design to make on my own and see what I can do with it.  I'm not sure what theme I'll use, but I'm going to try.  At our next class, if we bring a card we made on our own, we'll receive a prize. Well, who doesn't want to get a prize?  I have to take the challenge.

Anyway, here's the card.  Hope you like this one too.

And there you have it.  Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Coloring Down the Lines - Scoring with Primrose Petals

Hi!  I'm glad you stopped by to check out our blog hop this week.  Our challenge was to come up with a card using the color combinations:  Primrose Petals, Summer Starfruit, and Basic Gray, or Primrose Petals, So Saffron, and Marina Mist.  I chose the first color combination, however, the twist we were to add was scoring on the card.  Now ... scoring isn't hard, however, having it show up in your photograph is somewhat of a challenge.  You have to get the angle and lighting just right .. so I did my best.  Check out the scorelines on the top left of the card.  If you look, you can see them.

Did you hop over from Our Crafty Play Date's blog?  It's always interesting to see what everyone comes up with, particularly when you add a twist.

Well, here's mine ... the card is simple, but says something, don't you think?

Paper:  primrose petals, summer starfruit, whisper white, basic gray
Ink:  basic gray, primrose petals, summer starfruit
Stamp Sets:  from my heart, madison avenue (sale-a-bration, retired), papillon potpourri
Accessories:  deco labels framelit, butterfly punch, basic rhinestones, basic gray candy dots

Now, let's check out Joni in the Spotlight Stamping's creation.  Joni usually uses the unusual color combination, so let's see if she did this week.

Thanks for stopping by, and hope to see you back again!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Serene Silhouettes - My First Brayer Class

I made this card using the brayer technique that I learned this past weekend.  I love the technique, and I think the card turned out so cute.  I'm getting the hang of it, and I made another one too, which I will post for you tomorrow.

Check it out ...

I can't wait to make more cards ... but not bad for my first try.  Hope you like it.

Monday, February 24, 2014

February Paper Pumpkin Bag - Oh la la

Do you subscribe to My Paper Pumpkin?  If not, you should.  Feel free to check it out, and you can sign up right here on my blog if you like.

This month, the surprise was making bags!  Oh how I love bags.  I decorated mine a little different, but check it out.  You get 5 in your box, so you can have all sorts of fun.

When I took the picture, the e-l-e slipped a little, but you get the drift.  Isn't it cute? And the bags are a nice weight ... it can hold something substantial in weight.

I can't wait to make more ... stay tuned.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Connie's Birthday Card

My friend, Connie, shares the same birthday as my pop pop.  So of course, I would never forget her birthday, especially since I was very close to my pop pop and miss him very much.

So I went to work looking for ideas and found another card I CASEd from Jo Hooper at Stampin' Up entitled Viva L a Verve.  I changed it up a bit, and here's my version:

Paper:  perfect plum, whisper white, gold fancy foil
Ink:  perfect plum, crushed curry, wild wasabi
Stamp Sets:  gorgeous grunge, peaceful petals, memorable moments, another great year (inside)
Accessories:  baker's twine, 2" round circle die

I'm really loving this card.  It looks so much better in person.  Enjoy!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Megan's Birthday Card

Another February birthday is my niece, Megan.  I, of course, missed her birthday as well, and couldn't wait to make her card and get it out to her as soon as possible.  So, I CASEd an idea I found on Splitcoast Stampers and here's my version of the card:

Paper:  whisper white, strawberry slush, smokey slate, pistachio pudding
Ink:  strawberry slush, pistachio pudding, smokey slate
Stamp Sets:  papillon potpourri, mosaic madness, petite petals, another great year (inside)
Accessories:  artisan label punch, white baker's twine dipped in pistachio pudding, chevron EF

Another one down, and one more to go.  Stay tuned!

Friday, February 21, 2014

My Brother, John's Birthday Card

This year I was a bit late with February birthday cards.  My brother was born on Ground Hog's Day - February 2, and I'm finally getting around to making him a birthday card.  I just didn't have it in me to sit for any length of time since my knee surgery, so I finally found the time and stamina to make all the cards I needed.

My brother loves to fish, and of course, he's an avid sports fan too.  So I went with the "fishing" theme since we're all looking forward to Spring's arrival and put this Winter behind us.

Here's the card I made for him:

Paper:  bermuda bay, sahara sand, whisper white
Ink:  sahara sand, calypso coral, bermuda bay, crushed curry
Stamp Sets:   by the tide, label love
Accessories:  artisan label punch, calypso coral baker's twine

Well, off it goes in the mail, along with a gift card.  I hope he likes it and thinks of Spring and fishing season, which will bring a smile to all our faces!

Happy Stamping!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

A Million & One Thanks

During the horrible ice storm we had on February 5, I managed to create a card for our team swap on the 16th of February.  I had to stop a few times and continue on at intervals because sitting hurts my knee.  I was happy - I managed to make 12 of them, and yes, I still have it.  I can't wait until I can get back into the swing of things on a steady basis.

Paper:  basic black, sweet sorbet dsp(sale-a-bration), crisp cantaloupe
Ink:  black stazon
Stamp Set:  million & one
Accessories:  banners framelits, 7/8" scallop circle punch, vintage faceted designer button, sweet sorbet accessory pack (sale-a-bration)

Just love the dsp from the Sale-a-Bration catalog.  Soooo cute!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Coloring Down the Lines - Midnight Muse with a Sketch

I'm so glad to be back, blogging away.   I'm making progress with my knee surgery, although it still is challenging, and yes, it hurts!  This is week 3 for me, and I'm way ahead of the game, so I'm blessed to healing and I'm happy to be back creating!

This week's challenge is Midnight Muse, Rich Razzleberry, Crushed Curry, or Midnight Muse, Cherry Cobbler, Pool Party.  I chose the first option ... and the twist was to find a sketch from another blog or so and use that.

Well, I hope you followed the lineup this week!  Did  you arrive here after visiting Our Crafty Playdate?  Isn't Amanda's creation one of a kind?  I love her work.

So now, here's submission for the week, along with the sketch I chose to pattern my card after.  Hope you like it.

Paper:  midnight muse, whisper white, rich razzleberry, in color & regals dsp
Ink:  crushed curry, midnight muse
Stamp Sets:  daydream medallions, a round array
Accessories:  2 3/8" scallop punch, 7/8" scallop punch, 2" circle die, white grosgrain ribbon

Now let's check out which sketch and card Joni over at Joniinthespotlightstamping came up with.  Happy blogging!!!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Tj's birthday box

Today is my son's 28th birthday.  I can't believe he's 28 years old.  I can remember when he was a small, young boy with blonde hair and a zest for life.  He is a happy person, and even when he was little, he used to sing, which warmed my heart.  So today, it's his birthday and we wish him the very best of birthdays and many more to come.

I made him an exploding box card - it was the 2nd one I've ever made and I think it came out nice.  I sure hope he likes it.  Here's a couple views of it.

Paper:  sahara sand, pool party, whisper white, sweet sorbet dsp
Ink:  pool party, sahara sand, crisp cantaloupe, pistachio pudding, summer starfuit
Stamp Sets:  label something, another great year, celebrate with us, big wish, chalk talk
Accessories:  artisan label punch, label bracket punch, sahara sand candy dots

A big happy birthday to you, TJ!  We love you!!!!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Last of the New Year's Cards

As promised, here are the last of the New Year's cards that I received from our team swap in December.  Hope you enjoy them.

I didn't include my swap because I posted it earlier in January.  So hope some of these inspired you.  Cheers!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Belated New Year's Cards

Back in December, our team swap was New Years.  I just received some of them and thought I would share a few with you. You can always use new ideas for New Years!

Tomorrow, I'll share the rest of them tomorrow.  Aren't they nice?

Saturday, February 15, 2014

My Get Well Cards

Hi Everyone!  I'm back - not in full swing, but I thought I would start posting again since my surgery.  My knee replacement surgery went well, and I'm progressing nicely.  Of course, with it comes all the aches and pains, and the rehab!  Oh, the rehab.  It's so tough and I have to keep myself from spilling the tears when pushed to the brink.  But I know it's necessary, and I'm counting the days / months until this is all behind me.

I received some really nice get well cards from my team mates.  I thought I would share them with you.

 get well card from Connie
 another get well card from Connie
 get well card from Jill
 get well card from Kelli
 get well card from Linda
 get well card from Pam
get well card from Phoebe

I received a bunch of other cards from friends, but these were the cards that were hand made.  Aren't they sweet?  

It makes me feel good to receive cards.  It's so nice to know you're thought of ... and that means the world to me.

So thank you to all my friends who thought of me ... I love you all!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Some Valentine Swaps

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!  In keeping with the sentiment of the day, I thought I would share some of the Valentine swaps  I received from my team mates that I didn't get to post earlier.

Enjoy the love!