Saturday, April 22, 2017

Sunup To Sundown

I have to do so many guy birthday cards during the year and think this stamp from Crackerbox Palace is always a good choice.  Very CAS with some distress inks for the background and layers upon layers of the frame work.  I decided in order to give it a little dimension I'd layer three of each of the frames on top of each other.  So, lots of snippets on here and lots of grinding of the Cuttlebug.  Twine added, happy birthday on the inside, and it's a done deal!

Because of all the snippets of the frame I'll enter this in the challenge at Pixie's Crafty Workshop and the challenge at Double D Challenge - to create with a silhouette. 



Thanks for stopping by............
Lynn

Thursday, April 6, 2017

A Little Smooching

Believe it or not, I really do attempt to do different techniques from time to time.  
I added some distress inks on the craft mat, added water, and then smooched (at least I think that's what it's called) the colors on the die.  Added the die to some black textured card stock, a vellum sentiment, and the pearls.

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Lynn

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

From Beady to Blob

Don't know if this is common knowledge or not, but Santa actually resides in Miami and not at the North Pole like you've thought for many years.  It's true!   I mean, if several of the pro basketball players can believe that the world is flat, I can surely  believe that Santa lives in Florida!  Why not?  (That's probably the reason Santa likes going down the chimney's too - I'm sure he doesn't see too many of those in Miami)!

So anyway.......we go from beady to blob!  You know how all those cute little stamps from Penny Black have the beady eyes - well, this cute cat from there had them too.  I was scooting along pretty good doing a little bit of coloring on him and decided to sorta dot the eyes a bit with the Copic.  Really BAD idea!  All of a sudden the ink came flowing out of the Copic!  Yikes!  All that was there was a huge blob.  I really hated to toss the card since I'd already masked it off and did the clouds and "sand", so I just gave him sunglasses - he DOES live in Miami, after all.  The little crab from Lawn Fawn just had to be added too.  (Looks like it's already been cooked - or has a terrible sunburn).

The first challenge where I want to enter this is over at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies!  It's a brand new challenge that Connie has started.  So much fun - and all you have to do is use a critter.  Looks like I have two of them - the cat and crab!

The next challenge is from Darnell - April Fool's Boo-Boo.  Even though it was no fault of my own for a change, I did have the big boo-boo and just used that to give him sunglasses.  I've never used this Penny Black cat before so it qualifies for the NBUS.



Thanks for stopping by..............
Lynn

Friday, March 31, 2017

Getting Younger



No matter how old I get, there's still a few (not many, I know) older than me!!  I think that's why I love this sentiment from Taylored Expressions.  Since I have one of those milestone birthdays coming up in the near future (sigh), I figure I'd better use this sentiment every chance I get. 

I used an old stamp from Art Impressions and I swear, every time I use it I laugh a little more.  Think it goes great with the fun sentiment too. Her skirt is paper pieced and then I added some squares - for what reason I have no idea, but they're there.  Maybe little presents?

Since I used snippets on this card I'd like to enter it in the challenge at Pixie's Crafty Workshop.  I haven't been over there in a while and once again, should be ashamed of myself.

Thanks for stopping by............
Lynn

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Christmas Quickie

Seems like here lately all I have time to do is make a quickie card.  Hope to get better soon.....but in the meantime, I made a Christmas card - and early too!

The patterned paper is from Stampin' Up, rectangle die from Pretty Pink Posh, sentiment from Hero Arts, and image from Penny Black.  Whew!  That sums it all up in a nutshell!

The reason I wanted to make a Christmas card is so I could enter it in Rudolph's Day Challenge.  Shame on me for not getting one over there every month......and I really am going to try to do better.
I have several stamps (like this one) that I bought for Christmas this past year and still haven't used.  Good goal to set for the year now........use what I already have and get some Christmas cards completed!

Thanks for stopping by...........
Lynn

Monday, March 27, 2017

Spring Birdhouse

Another clean and simple card.    I struggle with anything to do with watercolors.  I keep trying though and guess that's half the battle.  

This is one of those cards where I look at it and then think "I should have done this, I should have done that".  I do that with just about every card I make though so guess it's ok.     This is a celebration of springtime weather and that's always good no matter what I should have/could have done.

Stamp from Art  Impressions, patterned paper and oval die from My Favorite Things, and birthday sentiment (on Vellum) from Simon Says Stamp.

I'll enter this in the Art Impressions Challenge - Spring-y cards

Thanks for stopping by...............
Lynn


Friday, March 24, 2017

Puppy Power

Ah......the power of a puppy!  Don't you just love all of them!  I love puppies - then they grow up and I still love them.  They get old - and yes, I still love them....... and maybe even a little more at that time since I think they really need all the love they can get at that stage of their life.

As you can already tell, this pup from Paper Smooches is happy!  Maybe because it's Friday - or maybe it's because it was National Puppy Day yesterday!    The banner die is from Mama Elephant and sentiment from Stampin' Up.  You notice I didn't say where the circle dies are from and that's only because laziness kicked in and I don't want to get up and look to see.

Anyway, I'd like to enter this in the challenge at Sending Paw Prints (print - and thank you).

Thanks for stopping by.........and have a great weekend.
Lynn

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Melting Away

Melting away is exactly what we'll be doing here in Texas in a couple of months.  It's already feeling like summer now so it's really a little scary to think what's going to happen in July and August!

I used a sun die from Lil Inker, a stitched rectangle die from My Favorite Things, and a sentiment from Newton's Nook.  A tiny little die cut heart was added to the middle of the sun.

I'll enter this in the challenge at CASology (code word: melt)



Hope this card brightens your day!
Thanks for stopping by...........
Lynn

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Birthday Bouquet

I think I've come pretty close to losing my mind completely now - and y'all probably think I have too.  I mean, what is this anyway..........TWO flower cards in a row!  Yikes!  Unheard of, right!  Not to worry though as I'm sure I'll be back to my old self before you know it - or even want it.

I pulled out his stamp the other day as I saw someone else use it and was reminded that I had that same one - and love it.  Got it all colored up and whacked out with the scissors and then was at a loss.  Of course!  Finally saw the challenge at CAS(e) This Sketch and knew that would work (so I'll enter this in their sketch challenge).  I think I placed the bouquet a little too high so added some sequins thinking  maybe it'd appear to "bring it down" some.  The only way to "bring it down" though was by moving it down..........



Anyway..........thanks for stopping by............
Lynn

Friday, March 10, 2017

A Flower


 Evidently I'm not real wordy today..........so this is just a single flower.  Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.  Flower is from Simon Says Stamp and frame by My Favorite Things.

I'd like to enter this in the challenge at Addicted to CAS (doodle).

Thanks for stopping by.............
Lynn

Monday, March 6, 2017

So Many Animals

I know you're probably getting tired of all cards I post with animals on them.......Such is life!  And guess what - I have two more! Let me know if you start getting too bored with them though.  Doesn't mean I'll quit doing them,  but hey, at least I'll know.

On the first card I used a stamp from Tim Holtz, some Kraft paper, and heart embossing folder.  The sentiment (on both) was from Simon Says Stamp.  Of course I embossed the hearts on the wrong side of the oval but it wouldn't have been normal for me to get it right.

The second card uses a stamp from My Favorite Things (see, I told you you'd be seeing that cat again soon), an old background stamp on the oval, and that's pretty much it. 

These two clean and simple cards along with a few more will be going to Sending Paw Prints.  Check out the blog and you'll love what Karen is doing for all the hard working people with rescue organizations.

Thanks for stopping by.............

Lynn

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Number 76

Number 76..........Last year my daughter was named principal of one of the grade schools in Texas and as an incentive to students to not only read but to be kind to others she started a goodie box in her office.  When one of the students either does something nice for another student in the halls or in class, they're allowed to go to the office and select a pencil or bookmark from the goodie box.  I've made 75 bookmarks for her since September - almost all of them different - and for boys and girls 1st through 5th grades.  The bookmarks are flying out of the box faster than I can make them which is wonderful, however I'm running out of ideas fast now!  I'm so thankful the kids love them and I think it encourages them to read too.

I used Newton Dreams of Paris and Delightful Doxies from Newton's Nook.  Coloring with Copics, sponging, and lots of Wink of Stella.



I'll enter this in the Inky Paws Challenge at Newton's Nook (color challenge) and the challenge over at Pixie's Crafty Workshop (snippets).

Thanks for stopping by.............
Lynn

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Purr-Fect Friend

As soon as I saw this new release stamp set from My Favorite Things I knew it was one of those "gotta have this NOW" sets.......so into the cart it went.  I've already made a couple more cards using it - all different - so I'm sure you'll see more again soon.
I colored it with Prisma Pencils, sponged some clouds, and the rest is what it is.

Hope you're having Purr-fect day for this Purr-fect kitty!

Thanks for stopping by.............
Lynn

Friday, February 24, 2017

Diddly Squat

Earlier this week I was let out of the joint.   I didn't even have to post bail or anything........although I'm sure the "bail" will come later in the form of a bill.  Ugh!   Yep, I graduated from physical therapy!  That first time I went, I got home and thought I'd died.  The next day when I woke up I was pretty sure I had!   As the weeks and sessions went by though I actually started improving and was cut loose from it all on Monday.   I still have to do them at home of course, but I'm finally "free"!

Exercise!  Yes, that ugly word that no one wants to hear!  Stretches, leg lifts, bicycle riding,  tummy suck-in's (I'm sure there's a better name for that one), and on and on.  They started putting two pound weights on my legs about mid way through the past month and it was a little harder but I did it.  All is great.  They did that for several sessions and then the guy said he was going to add a little more weight.  Go for it - I'm fit as a fiddle now.  Strapped an extra FIVE pounds on each leg and said do the leg lifts..........um.......grunts, groans, and I finally got one leg to cooperate.  After 10 of those suckers with each leg I told him to kiss my happy hiney.

As a result of this I decided they deserved a little card from me - mainly for putting up with the general bull I dished out to them each time I went.   Those cute images are from the Grumplings over at Taylored Expressions. The patterned paper is from somewhere but no idea where.  Used some distress inks and did some sponging behind the image, added a little Wink of Stella, and that's about it.  Hope this puts a smile on their face.

Thanks for stopping by............and have a great weekend!
Lynn 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

T Day

Hey everyone.......it's T Day!!!!  It's not only Tuesday, but Thanksgiving as well!  This is a card I'd done for Thanksgiving way back in November and yet never posted.   I know I'm a little bit late but it was on the camera and figured I'd post it now. 

This little guy really wobbles too!  I used one of those wobbly thingy deals from Art Impressions behind the cute stamp from Pretty Cute Stamps.  Did a bit of sponging (that you can barely see behind it) and that was about it.  Very CAS.

I'll be back on Friday and who knows........maybe with a Fun Friday?  Shock, I know!
Thanks for stopping by..........
Lynn

Friday, February 3, 2017

Cats and Dogs - But Not Raining

Rather plain and nothing fancy at all here but another card that was sent  for Sending Paw Prints.  The clouds are embossed with a heart die but you can't really see that in the picture.  I used a Newton's Nook cat and a Simon Says Stamp dog.



Thanks for stopping by.........and have a great weekend.
Lynn

 

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Got Mail?

The last couple of pictures I've posted on here have all looked crooked to me.  The only thing I can think of is that my head isn't screwed on right.  That's a very strong possibility too!!!  For some reason though, this one ALMOST looks straight.  Maybe the head is starting to cooperate a little more now - and then again, probably not.

Anyway............I used the Flowering Mailbox from Art Impressions on this card.  Did a little watercoloring with the Marvy markers and then framed it out using some Kraft, pink and purple type card stock.   Done deal.

Thanks for stopping by.............
Lynn

Monday, January 23, 2017

Super Heroes

Y'all already know I love our little Rambo, but I actually love all animals!  Something that's dear to my heart are animal shelters and rescue groups -  and all the people involved in them - from the donors, volunteers, and foster parents, to all the wonderful people that adopt the animals.  They truly ARE heroes and it's time to give them all a big thank you!   They give each one of the animals so much love and care and there's so many animals that need that.   Jim always tells me that if it were possible I'd take in every four footed creature I could find.  I probably would if I just had  room for all of them but since Rambo's the complete boss in this house, I'm not real sure how that would go over.   

Last week Connie mentioned a new (to me) challenge called Sending Paw Prints.  Of course I had to scoot over there (and enter my card) and see what it was all about.   I can't think of a nicer cause and a better place to send cards I make when they involve animals and thank you's.   Please go over to Karen's challenge blog and check it out.....and bless her heart for doing this.

Simple card.........Newton's Nook stamp and sentiment along with a Memory Box die. 

Thanks for stopping by...............
Lynn

Friday, January 20, 2017

I Made A Card!!!

Believe it or not, I'm here - and yes, I even made a card.  I won't comment on the quality of this card at all, but hey it's done and I'm posting it!  Such is life...........

I was unloading all the boxes in the craft room and found this scrap of Kraft paper.  Found my colored pencils, and another piece of cardstock!  WhooHoo!  I'm on a roll.  So, stopped with the unpacking and decided it was time to just take a break and color.  The image I used is from Newton's Nook.  Simple card since I couldn't find much of anything else but after finding the twine and dies, I got it colored and all ready to go.........and then couldn't find the paper cutter to do anything else so it all sat there for a couple of days.  Groan!  Finally found the paper cutter yesterday and cut away.  Also found a red heart.  Now granted there's no red on this card so why I added a red heart I have no idea other than the fact, I found it and used it -  so we'll deal with that.  Then found the die and cut out one in blue too and added it.  I mean, why not!

Ok, now I'm really rocking and rolling.  Camera, charger, and cord for the camera - check!  Adding it to Blogger in order to post - not so good.  It was an all morning affair.  It's amazing how you forget what you've done for so long but with some help from a cheat sheet, here it is.

The reasoning behind the Kraft and colored pencils (which I will say is NOT my cup of tea at all) is because of a challenge Darnell is having celebrating several things in her life.  Because Darnell is such a sweetie, I figured I'd at least toss this in the mix and enter.  Check out her challenge. I'll also enter this in the Inky Paws Challenge (to use a heart).

Everything else is going ok right now.  We are finally moved in - correction.......everything is in the house.  As far as putting it where it belongs and little things like that, it could be a while.  A LONG while.  I think Jim will be a happy little camper once I get the sheets off the windows and hang the curtains!    Just hanging in there and hoping that 2017 is a much better year for us.



Anyway.............thanks for stopping by and I'll try to be back soon.
Lynn