Thursday, June 29, 2023

Way Out of the Box

 I've always been those that will try anything at least once.....for the most part anyway.  Some of the things have been pretty wild - especially when I was younger - but that's a whole other story.  

So, anyway,  when Brenda over at Friends Craftin' with Friends did her last post, I just had to try what she did....(nothing wild at all but very pretty - go over and take a look).  So, I watched the video by Lou Collins to kinda see what to do like Brenda did.  

All I can say is holy moley!  This is so not me at all.  I gathered up whatever I thought I could use which wasn't much since I'm more of a CAS type person.......but I actually dug deep enough and found some things to use.  Now, don't ask what all it was but my desk was completely covered in "stuff".  I used some Oxides, embossing paste, stamps, die cuts, sentiments, and whatever.........

Do I like sure.  I think it's something that would have to grow on me since it's not my usual style.  However, since I had all the "stuff" out I went ahead and actually made another card and will post it next week.  Something different anyway.  

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Monday, June 26, 2023

Remembering Brass Stencils

 Does anyone remember the brass stencils from many moons ago - or better yet, does anyone still use them!  I'd forgotten all about them and the other day I was searching for something else and found a handful that someone had given me so long ago.  I may have used this one before but it's been a long time, so......

I used some distress inks on the stencil for the deer - added that panel to some Christmas patterned paper I had in my stash,  cut a circle piece of Vellum and used the same distress ink on it to give it a tint of the blue, and then added the snowflake and pearl. 

I've been trying to use more of what I already have instead of buying new things - but it's so hard with all the pretty stamps, embossing folder, etc. to buy now......but ........ I find something like this brass stencil and remember it really can make a nice card too..

I'll enter this in challenge at Rudolph Days (anything Christmas).

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Thursday, June 22, 2023

The Bird

 I'm giving my son the bird..........

What's not to love about this crazy bird from Katzeldraft!  I did a little stenciling with some distress inks and colored him with Copics....added some googly eyes, twine, and a sentiment (from Simon Says Stamp) that says it all.  Several years ago we all decided that the only one getting birthday gifts would be the grandchildren so my two kids don't get a birthday gift and neither do I.....the card is the gift (and not even any money included)!

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Tuesday, June 13, 2023

Laugh - Don't Laugh

 These you can laugh at..........While I had that Stampin' Up set out the other day with the cat I decided to make a bookmark using it and also one of the other stamps in that set.  Just something to laugh at while reading a book.  I used watercolors on the bowl and cherries.  

These you're not allowed to laugh at..........I've been trying to free hand a little bit with watercolors.  VERY much so a beginner but it's kinda fun to at least try something different.   The stamped sentiment is from Technique Tuesday.

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Friday, June 9, 2023


As I was stamping this sentiment I couldn't help but laugh out loud.  A tradition at one of the universities in Texas is that every time you pass someone walking on campus, you say "howdy".  Now most Texans really don't speak this way, but if you go to that university, that's how you greet each other.  I really shouldn't say anything bad about it though since my son graduated from there.  It still seems a little strange -  but whatever.......

This card was VERY different for me (and I really don't know if I even like it).   I'm not even sure why I'm posting it since when I make a card that I don't like I usually just toss it in the trash and move on.   It's not awful by any means but I just feel like it needs something added to give it more oomph.   Any ideas?   Then again, maybe it's just different from something I would normally do.  

Anyway...... I had colored the little girl from My Favorite Things in Copics and she was sitting on my desk.  Then I started coloring the background from Blue Knight in watercolors thinking of another card to do.  For some reason I put the little girl on top of the scene and she just seemed to fit perfect.  The sentiment is also from My Favorite Things. 

I'll enter this in the challenge at Farm Quest General Store -  Anything Goes country 

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Monday, June 5, 2023

Just a Mouse

 Very simple card today.......Just a little mouse hugging a mushroom.  Or maybe he's peeking around it looking for more mice.......Whatever.........He's from Newton's Nook and is colored in Copics.  Done deal!

Is this not the shortest post ever!

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