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Sunday, May 21, 2017


This is meant for a friend - now, who else could you send it to???
Image - Rubbernecker, with water colors, her robe is paper pieced; scraps of DP and Washi tape behind the ribbon; Spellbinder dies; computer generated sentiment.
Sketch:  Tuesday Morning Sketches
Friendship:    Rubbernecker Blog
Washi tape:     Brown Sugar
Inspiration (poppy red and other colors):  Penny Black At Allsorts
Any:    Digi Choosday
            Lemon Shortbread

Friday, May 19, 2017

DT card for QKR Stampede challenge #244 - ATG: option- Things with Wings

The challenge this week at QKR Stampede is the usual Anything Goes.  The option this week is "Things with Wings".  You may enter up to 3 times by 6 p.m. Thursday, May 24.  If you are a winner you might be the owner of this snazzy gal, or one of the other great QKR digis.  You may win even more images if you use a QKR stamp.  This image is called "Looking Pretty" - guess that depends on your point of view!  I dressed her up in pink, and used scraps of DP, Spellbinder dies, an embossing folder and gems to complete the look.  The top layer of each flower uses the corresponding DP.  It does not show on the screen, but I used a new-to-me product to enhance the flowers and the lady's feathery parts.  I need to explain... at a yard sale, I purchased a jar of what I thought was silver glitter.  When I opened the jar, it was a silvery paint - rather thin and full of glitter.  It is called Glitter Specialty finish by Martha Living.  I used a fine paint brush to cover the selected parts, and I really like the result IRL.  Bonus - it dries very quickly.   Anyone familiar with this product - do you know how it is meant to be used?
Sketch:   Sweet Sketch Wednesday2
Critter:     2 Crafty Critter Crazies
Animal:    Crafty Animals
                  Pile it on Challenge
Things With wings:   Dream Valley  
Furry/Feathered Friends:   Deep Ocean
Color Inspiration:    Cupcake Inspirations
Monochrome:    Dragonfly Dreams
Feminine:   Great Impressions Stamps  
For the Girls:    Patties Creations
One for the Ladies:   Glitter n Sparkle
Scraps:   Hiding in my Craftroom
Three of a kind (gems):  Creative Craft Cottage
Colored image:  Crafting Circle
Patterned Paper:   Jo's Scrapshack
Pink w/ bling:   In the Pink
Tic Tac Toe (top row -digi, senti, emboss):  Cute Daisy May
Any:    A Bit More Time to Craft
             A Perfect Time to Craft
             Angies Digital Stamps
             Crafting with an Attitude
             Cards Galore
             Making Memories
             Pammies Inky Pinkies 
             Stamping With Dragon

Friday, May 12, 2017

Graduating Bear - QKR Anything Goes Challenge 243 - DT card

This week the Anything Goes challenge at QKR Stampede has the option of Graduation.  Some years I have had quite a few graduation cards to send - not so many this year.  I think there is a relative graduating from the U. of Minn. so I used dark burgundy and gold for that school.  The image is Graduating Bear, from the QKR Stampede digi store - colored with an aqua pen and water color pencils.  I used a piece of DP for the sentiment, and backed those pieces with black cs.  The background DP is from a pad called Heirloom by DCWV.  A touch of black ribbon, gold mesh, and gold gems complete the card. (Tic-tac-toe /diagonal/ ribbon, bling, colored pemcils.)
Sketch:   Stella Says Sketch
Animal:     Pile it on
Tic-tac-toe  House that Stamps Built
Any:   Angies Digital Stamps 
            Digital Delights 
            Jo's Scrapshack
            Lemon Shortbread
            Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
             Morgan's Artworld
            Pammies Inky Pinkies

Friday, May 5, 2017

Leah's Graduation

 A few days ago I posted the card I made for our grandson.  His sister also graduates this year - in fact, in a couple of days - so this card is already in the mail. 
The folded card is 4.25x6.5.  I added another fold to be able to include more images. 
Bottom view:open card - embossed bg, her name and school (logo from the website); panel 2 - she has a job as assistant manager in charge of training on American Cruise line ships - she will be doing a lot of traveling!  Main panel - Dearie Doll graduate, and a special verse;  right panel - embossed bg with a strip from DP (believe in your Dreams) and a key sticker.
Folds:  I started with a piece of cs 11x6.5.  I made one valley fold at the right of about 2 in.  I then folded from the left so the edge met the score line at the right.  I then made a fold dividing this left panel in half.  View 2 shows this left panel folded back, and view 3 shows the left panel open.  Besides providing space for more images, this card can easily stand for display.  I also dug into my photo boxes and made a little brag book of photos from years past.   This  is a good way to give young people pictures they may not own themselves - and often provides a
smile or two!

Embossing - Pink Gem
Any:    Jo's scrapshack

QKR Stampede Challenge #242 - Anything goes: Option - feminine (Mother's Day)

This week the Anything Goes challenge at QKR Stampede has the option of doing a feminine/Mother's Day card.  My mother passed away a few years ago, but I made a card suitable for any one who has had a great influence,  You may enter the QKR Stampede challenge up to 3 times through 6 pm EDT on Thursday.  Win this digi or another from their store!  This is called tulips and Pansies.    I colored with Prismas, and fussy cut the image to mount it on a deep purple mat dry embossed with Swiss Dots.  I added a strip of lace and a bit of glittery lacy fabric for some glitz.
Sketch:    Mojo Monday
Embossing:    Allsorts
                        Pink Gem Challenge digi
Special lady:    The House that Stamps Built
Special lady/mother:    Victorine Stamps
Flowers & Sentiment:   Aud Sentiments 
Use something Digital:   Di's Digi Designs
April showers bring May flowers:   Great Impressions
Tic Tac Toe (Top row  -Digi, sentiment, embossing):  Whoopsi Daisy 
Any:    Crafty Friends
            Crafting with an Attitude 
            Hiding in my Craftroom
            Jo's Scrapshack
            Lemon Shortbread
            Lil Patch of Crafty Friends. 
            Classic Design Team   

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Some cheer for Anthony

Some of you may have seen previous posts for the SplitCoastStampers Tuesday TeaPot party. Our cards may be sent to a recipient in need of cheer.  I have not been a regular participant of late, but this week I wanted to be sure to join in.  The cards go to Anthony, a 16 yer old undergoing his second heart surgery.  Side effects have caused him to lose his voice and have difficulty swallowing.  I have "known" his mother for some time through SCS. We sent cards a couple of years ago, and she said he has kept them in a memory box - I think all cardmakers are happy to know that their cards really do make an impact.   One of Anthony's interests is basketball.  I am pleased to have a chance to use some of the materials left from when our granddaughter played HS basketball! The basket is a Brad Buddy from Hot off the Press.  The sentiment is from QKR Stampede, and that backing strip is duct tape. 
Here is a link to the TeaPot party.  You are more than welcome to join us!
Sketch:   Mojo Monday
Sentiment, but no image :   Brown Sugar

Graduation, Hal

              Two of our grandkids graduate this month.      They are brother and sister - fortunately, the ceremonies are a week apart - easier for the parents!  Unfortunately, hubbys severe back pain is preventing any travel, so we will miss the big events.
I recently saw an example of what I call a double fold card - I am sure it has a name.  Both the designer and name of the card escape me, but I wanted to try it.  I think it makes for a great special occasion card and also one that allows a few extra elements - when I do graduation cards I like t include some pertinent images!  In this case - the name, the year, a college logo   - this is the Jayhawk from the Univ. of Kansas for those not from around here!  Hal has been accepted at a vet school - hence the vet (dearie Dolls) and a scientific (!) magnifying glass sticker.  I added  a bit of Designer paper with   appropriate words, and a computer generated verse.  The almost invisible graduate is from Dearie Dolls.
This was put in the mail earlier today, and I have no other photos of the process.  The base started as 4.5x11.  At the right, I made a mountain fold at about 1.75.  I then folded from the left, to meet the fold line at the right.  the left hand section was then folded at the half way point with a mountain fold. (The section with the vet and magnifying glass fold under the section with his name (left photo)  When closed, it covers half of the inner part.  the embossed panel folds back and is behind the main panel when closed)  The advantage is that it stands easily as a display card - and looks a bit more impressive than a regular card.  Sorry I am not good at directions or photos..   
Embossing:   Pink Gem
Masculine:    Inspiration Destination
Any:   House that Stamps Built
            Simon Says Stampblog Wednesday

Friday, April 28, 2017

QKR Stampede Challenge #241 - ATG: option - wheels; DT card

This week the Anything Goes challenge at the QKR Stampede has the option of "wheels".  This may not be your first thought, but there is a wheel!   You may enter up to 3 times by 6pm Thursday.  If you use a QKR/Eureka image you may win 3 images; other entries receive 1 digi as the prize.
 I colored the Gathering Eggs digi with Prismas.  The words of the sentiment were randomly cut.
Sketch:   Cheerful Sketches
Cute:   Incy Wincy
Critter:    2Crafty Critter Crazies
Animal:    Crafty Animals
Food:   Whimsie Doodles
Any:    Angies
            Crafting with an Attitude
            Crafty Creations
            Cards Galore
            Jo's Scrapshack
            Lemon Shortbread
            Pammies Inky Pinkies

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Hello, Art and Mary

I am sending this to friends who recently moved to a retirement community in another city.  We often had coffee together at church, so I thought this was appropriate to send as a "miss you" card.  The images are from a freebie set from Verve.  Most of the coloring is with regular markers - a change for me as I usually use Prismas or gel pens.  The die cut is part of a flourish by Die-namics.  I snipped bits to use as "steam" from the cups.  The words are the top layer of a napkin.  I did not do anything but attach it with glue.
Sketch:  Tuesday Morning Sketches
"B"- brown, brew:   Allsorts
Inspiration:   Cupcake Inspirations
Not square:   Addicted-to-Stamps 
Coffee:     Verve Stamps blogspot
Any:    Crafty Friends

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Sympathy - in memory of Laverne

We just heard that our friend Laverne has lost her struggle with cancer.  She has lived a long, full life and we are thankful to know she will spend eternity with her Lord.  Nevertheless, it is difficult for her husband.  Laverne regularly attended a Bible class, and often played the piano for services - so the items on the card reflect her life.  The image is from Sweet 'n Sassy, and the papers are from my stash. The circle dies are by Spellbinder,
Sketch:   Stella Says Sketch
Music:    Cut it Up 
"B" - (Bible):      Allsorts
Any:  Crafty Friends

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Hello from AZ

Image - The Stamping boutique (digi), colored with Prismas and metallic gel pens.  Sentiment  - digi by Dragonfly Dreams;  Embossing folder - basket weave by LifeStyle Crafts; Washi tape; gems
Sketch:   Sweet Sketch Wednesday2
Wheels:   Mod Squad
Color Inspiration:  The House that Stamps Built 
"B" - blue, basket weave:  Allsorts
Garden:   Fabnfunky

Flower cart for Jo and Royal

Image by The stamping Boutique, colored with Prismas and metallic gel pens; Labels Five die (Spellbinders); Washi tape; Victoria embossing folder.  I fussy cut the umbrella to make the image fit the smaller die.  Inside verse from Word Art - January 2015.  The strip of Washi tape runs around the back of the card as well.

Sketch and colors (2 green, orange, golden yellow, and a wee bit of blue on the butterfly):  Your Next Stamp
Wheels:  Mod Squad
Garden:    Fab n Funky
Flowers:    Simon Says Stamp Wednesday
Any:    Word Art Wednesday

inside of card

Friday, April 21, 2017

Sympathy #1

I am making a series of sympathy cards using this tree from "Lovely as a Tree" by Stampin' Up.  It is an older set but a favorite.  Since these cards all go to guys in their 50s, and who live in in a wooded area, I thought this would be appropriate.  The bg is dry embossed with Cuttlebug's vine folder. The sentiment is by Paper Inspirations.
CASE - (inspired by the layout and  muted tones, which I used in the stamping): City Crafter
CASE layout:   Case This Sketch
Masculine:    Crafty Sentiments
Stamped Sentiment:   Aud Sentiments 
CAS:    Stamplorations

DT card for QKR Stampede Challenge #240 ~ ATG with an option of Feathered Friends

This image from QKR Stampede is just so cute - and this is one of several great sentiments to go with it!  Please join us for challenge #240 at QKR Stampede - Anything Goes with the optional twist of "Feathered Friends".  You may enter up to 3 times by 6 p.m. EDT on Thursday.  The weekly winner receives a QKR image - 3 images if you use a QKR image for your entry.
I colored the image with Prismas - blended with baby oil -, and added a bit of glitter to highlight the water.  Ribbon, bits of DP,  and Spellbinder dies are used to complete the card.  The size is A2.
Sketch:   Cheerful Sketches
Tic Tac Toe (diagonal):  Hiding in my Craftroom
Not square:   Addicted-to-Stamps
Cute:    Incy Wincy
Spring:   Crafters Cafe
Any:    A Bit More Time to Craft
            A Perfect Time to Craft
            Crafting with an Attitude
            Crafting Circle
            Dragonfly Dreams
            Inspiration Destination
            Jo's Scrapshack
            Lemon Shortbread 
            Pammies Inky Pinkies  
            Paper Nest Dolls