Thursday, March 30, 2023

Trash to Treasure

 I started making this card and didn't like it so tossed it in the trash.  It sat in there for about two days before I dug it out and decided to try and do something with it.  I'm not a "splatter girl" at all but attempted it on this card.  Looks more like it has measles than anything else  - but whatever.  The image is from My Favorite things and I used watercolors to color it.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts and was embossed in gold.  The oval frame was leftover from another project.  

I actually needed to send this "get well soon" card to myself!  I've been a little under the weather and that's why I haven't been around to your blog lately.  I'll be trying to catch up when I can.  I'm still not 100% but getting better - hopefully!  

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Friday, March 24, 2023

A Ha Ha Birthday

 Not much to say about this card other than it's for a birthday and I need to get it in the mail pretty quick.  I used a stamp from Paper Rose  - colored in Copics, mounted on a piece of patterned paper, and some twine and a sentiment added.  Done deal.

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Monday, March 20, 2023

Double Cluck

 A couple of clucks here today.......what else can I say!

Both are using a stamp set from  Essentials by Ellen

First Cluck..........a window die from My Favorite Things, couple of embossed clouds and some sponged clouds.

Second Cluck........just the chick image and some little footprints.

Two VERY clean and simple (fun) clucks for some birthdays coming up on the calendar.

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Saturday, March 18, 2023

CAS Butterfly

 This card started out for a male......then a female.....then back to a male.  It's still for a male as I'm going to be sending it along with some things to my brother who loves butterflies.  

This was one of those cards that I had in my mind and then it took at totally different turn somewhere along the way.  Before it took the turn I couldn't figure out what to do with it.  I had the Kraft card base and then stamped the grid type image across the top with Frayed Burlap Oxide ink.  Then it sat there looking at me.  I even asked a good blogging friend for ideas on what to do next.  She had such a great idea but I didn't have any images like she suggested so it sat for a couple more days.  I finally decided to see what a butterfly looked like on it and yep, it worked, and I like the card now.  The butterfly die is from Impression Obsession and it's cut with vellum and also white cardstock.  The "Hello" sentiment is an old one from Close to My Heart and is also stamped in the Frayed Burlap Oxide ink.  I always forget about those inks stamping nice.

I'll enter this in the challenges at:  Creative Knockouts #490 - Add a sentiment and Krafty Chicks Challenge  - CAS, and The Male Room Challenge - Sketch


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Thursday, March 16, 2023

A Couple of Flowers

 I have a double-r here today using a stamp from Unity - just a vase with a flower in it but I thought it was a pretty stamp.   Adding cards to the stash.  

Both are "git 'er done" cards.  On the first one I stamped the flower twice and popped up part of it to give it a little dimension.  Also used some patterned paper that was sitting on my desk from another recent card I made.  The second card - did a little stenciling behind the image, colored, stamped with a "thank you", and added some Nuvo drops.  

Two simple cards but will be good for whenever I need them.

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Monday, March 13, 2023

For A Guy

 I feel like I'm in the Twilight Zone movie or something.  The plaid paper on this card is green (yes, for real) and tan.  Really, really green - and so pretty too. you can see, it's not green.  Or maybe it is and you're just seeing something that isn't really there.  Yep, Twilight Zone........Green!

I've taken a picture of this in the house, outside in the sunlight, and just about every place I could think of and yet the green won't show up.  Use your imagination.........The stamp is from a set of Inkadinkado stamps that was given to me a while back.  It's stamped on some patterned paper.  The sentiment, also on patterned paper, is a very old one from Close To My Heart. 

I've been trying to re-organize and go through all my stamping stuff around here and am finding all kinds of goodies - like the silver star.  I have brads, eyelets, and charms, etc. all over the place.  The star just had to go on this card.

I'm going to enter this in the challenge at Farm Quest General Store Challenge Blog.  Horses are on farms you know......along with cows, pigs, chickens, etc.  Maybe not on all farms, but some farms so it'll qualify hopefully.    

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Friday, March 10, 2023

Birthday Gnome

 This is for a special friend who has a birthday coming up next week - and it just so happens it's on St. Patrick's Day too - so I had to add a tad bit of green to the card of course.

The stamp set I used is from Inkadinkado.   It reminds me of spring (which I hope is coming pretty quick around here as I'm tired of cold weather now).  Anyway,  he's colored in Copics.  The banner....ah the banner.........I got it  made with the intention of placing it vertical and not horizontal.   However, it got slapped down on the card and I knew if I tried to get it up and re-position it, I was going to wreck the card - so.........

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Friday, March 3, 2023

Barely There

 No, we're not talking about my mind being barely there - although it appears it's that way a lot of the time.  We're talking about the bucket.  Yes, the bucket!  The challenge over at Farm Quest is to use galvanized tin, wooden items, etc.  I knew I'd have something for this challenge and yep, I had the bucket........and also the wooden crates for the flowers too!  So, here you go......

The stamp is from Stampendous and I colored it with watercolors.  The sentiment is from The Alley Way Stamps (no longer in business) and was a perfect fit for the image.   For that good old country feel we have the pickup truck, crates/baskets of flowers, the dog in the back of the truck (of course), the gingham paper - and last but not least - that little old bucket! 

(You'll notice I forgot to color the grass or dirt or whatever the truck is sitting on.  Now I could delete all this, color it, take another picture, and add the new picture - but do you realize how much trouble that would be!!  So, use your imagination and pretend the ground is either grass or dirt and colored so pretty.  It is what it is!)  

I'll enter this at Farm Quest Challenge Blog

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Sunday, February 26, 2023

Don't Forget the Toilet Paper!

Is everyone ready for a smile for today?  Just don't forget the TP - or newspaper - or heck, just forget about the whole thing and drip dry!

This is one of my favorite stamps from Impression Obsession - and yes, it brings back memories too.  No, I didn't grow up using an outhouse.  That was a little (not much) before my time I guess, but I have used one before and it wasn't a pleasant experience at all.......One of my boyfriends (back in the day) and I went to visit his grandmother out on their farm.  She had an outhouse and when you have to go you have to go you know.  So, very nicely I asked where the bathroom was and was directed to the outhouse.  Eek!  I swear she even had an old Sears catalog in there too!       

I sorta colored this with watercolors - very lightly -  mounted it on black cardstock, added an embossed sentiment strip from Taylored Expressions, and then last but not least ---- went digging around for something to put in that top corner and found this spiral from Close To My Heart that's probably 15 years old.  It worked! 

I also found a new challenge called FarmQuest General Store - Anything Goes,  This will be a really fun challenge for me since I usually love all that country type stuff.  No frills here you know (except for maybe a real bathroom)!

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Monday, February 20, 2023

.....and Piglet Too

 Everyone just has to love Pooh and Piglet.  My daughter loved Piglet so much she called her brother that all the time.  I'm not sure that was an endearing name though.  She also called him other things like Butthead, etc......Brotherly/sisterly love I'm sure.  (Oh, and she doesn't call him things like that anymore since he's bigger than she is now)!

Anyway, here's a little Pooh and Piglet for you from Unity Stamps.  I can't even remember ever having used this big old sun die but here it is.  It was either going to be that or some clouds and I went with the sun (probably because I'm ready for springtime and sunshine)!!  

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Friday, February 10, 2023

Early V Day

 Happy early Valentine's Day to everyone.  Hope you have a great Valentine's - not only that day, but every other day too of course!

Here's a super CAS Valentine using a couple of dies and one sentiment.  The frame die is from Lawn Fawn and the heart die is (maybe) from Simon Says Stamp.  Sentiment from Hero Arts.  Not sure where my mind was going with this but I used some wood-grained cardstock for some of the card.  Gives it a different look anyway.  I thought about putting a big  rhinestone in the center of the heart or something, but nah......just leaving it as is.  

I'm going to be away from my computer for a few days but will be back soon and check out everyone's blog.  

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Monday, February 6, 2023

White Shoes and Easter

 When I was young (many moons ago) my mom would never ever allow us to wear white shoes until Easter Sunday.  That was the day we'd break out the white patent leathers and get all dolled up for Easter.  We also couldn't wear white shoes after Labor Day in September either.  It didn't matter the weather and if it was 108 degrees outside, after Labor Day you did NOT wear white shoes.....or white pants either.  You just had to wait it out until Easter Sunday.  

So............that's why this little chick from Jan's Digi Shop is all decked out in white shoes (and besides that, they're easier to color too)!  I saw this image the other day and thought it was just the cutest and knew I had to have it.  There's a couple of images of the chick and it also comes in black and white or colored - plus several sentiments.  I decided to do it in black and white and then colored her in Copics.   

I'll enter this in Jan's Digi Shop Challenge - Anything Goes

It's not too early for Easter cards is it?  I guess that's kinda skipping over Valentine's Day right now but I just imagine by next month all the store will start selling decorations for Halloween or Christmas!

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Friday, February 3, 2023

Just a Cat

 Some of you may remember Tammy  from Tammy's Spot blog several years ago.  Sadly she passed away a little over a year ago and her daughter sent me several images that Tammy had printed out - who knows when.  I have no idea who created this image or anything about it at all.   It looks like a pencil drawing but I doubt if Tammy actually drew it.  It's printed on what appeared to be watercolor paper, but it wasn't that and is wasn't something like paper for Copic coloring either.  I didn't want to mess it up trying to color it so I just used my colored pencils and lightly colored the butterfly, tongue, and a bit of the "grass".  (Oh and in case you want to see some of the wonderful cards Tammy made over the years, her blog is still there -

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Monday, January 30, 2023

The Girly Birdie

 We had the bird and now we have the girly birdie for the sister in law.  I always try to do her birthday cards in pink because she's a breast cancer survivor and that's my way to tell her I'm so thankful she's celebrating another cancer free birthday.  Besides that, she's a pink type of gal.

 The stamp I used is from a very old set from The Alley Way Stamps.  They are sadly no longer in business and but had the cutest stamps.   Anyway.....I used the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches and will enter it in their challenge.  This is colored in Copics, some pink clouds added, patterned paper from My Favorite Things (I think) and a small die cut pink heart.  

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Friday, January 27, 2023

The Bird

 This started out as a nice little girly birthday card for my sister in law........not sure what happened to all those thoughts but they seem to have gone out the window once I started making the card.  The stamp is from Unity and I was going to color it in all the pretty pinks....DUH!.........So, now we have a blue/green/yellow/brown bird - done with colored pencils.  I think I'll have to try again on the girly looking bird and maybe put a nice little bow around her neck or something......We'll see.........

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Tuesday, January 24, 2023

How About Another Penguin

 Since I already had the set of Gerda Steiner Design penguin stamps out from my last card, I decided to make another with a different little penguin and a different design..........and different sketch challenge too!  I'm on a roll for Valentine's Day I guess......

I think the design paper with the hearts is from probably from Paper Studio and the stripe paper is an old old, ancient piece from Stampin' Up.  I can live to be 400 and still have patterned paper left over.  No matter how much I use I still keep finding more - or maybe it's just finding me!  It's so hard to pass up cute paper. 

I'll enter this in the challenge at Try Stampin' on Tuesday for their sketch challenge.

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Friday, January 20, 2023

A Few Hearts

 It's getting close to Valentine's Day and I figured I'd better get with the program and get a few cards made for that.  I don't send out too many for Valentine's Day - mainly to the granddaughters - but I need to get them done.  It's a little hard to believe it's almost Valentine's Day when it seems like we just finished with Christmas.  

I followed the sketch for CAS Colours and Sketches (and will enter it in their challenge)  and used a penguin stamp from Gerda Steiner Designs.  Added a few bits and pieces of scraps, some hearts, and a sentiment...... and it's a done deal.  

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Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Christmas Leftovers

 No, I'm not still eating on the Christmas turkey and ham......but I am still trying to clear off my desk that still has Christmas stamps and do-dads all over the place.  

Here's a couple of cards using the same cute snowman from Unity Stamps (sentiments from My Favorite Things).....also the same design but different colors.  Not a single snowflake to go with a snowman either!  Yikes!  All this stuff on my desk and yet no snowflakes.  Improvise with stars and hearts......

Fun cards and I've already got a head start for Christmas cards now.  

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