Monday, July 31, 2023

A Real Quickie

 This is probably one of the quickest cards ever made.  Brenda, over at Friends Craftin' With Friends posted a card the other day where she swiped mini ink cubes across the paper and then added this gorgeous die......go take a look at her card as it's a beauty. 

 Anyway........I needed a sympathy card and I usually always do a "thinking of you" card instead and even those are so hard for me to do.  So, I took a friends advice and did a super quickie CASE because I need to get it in the mail this afternoon!  

I swiped three colors with the mini distress ink pads, stamped a Technique Tuesday flower image, and added a Sugar Pea Design sentiment........done deal and it's headed to the post office!  This is a very poor CASE of Brenda's card but like I said - I needed something fast!

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Tuesday, July 25, 2023

Going With the Flow

 It appears the stores are already putting out stuff for Fall and Halloween - and I even saw Christmas ribbon at Costco last week!  Much too hot to even think about things like this but like it or not, it's coming.........So, keeping up with the way things are happening I'm here to give you a Halloween card today.  (Note:  I'm also keeping up the frenzy over the Barbie movie and added a bit of pink on my card too)!  

I'll enter this in the challenge at Two Old Bats Halloween Challenge (mood board or anything goes....and I did the anything goes).

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Sunday, July 16, 2023

Sweet Days of Summer's the sweet days of summer.  However, if you live in Texas or some of the other states around here,  it's called the "hot days of summer".....and hot it is too!  So, to "cool" things off a bit I thought I'd make a card with this cute little mouse from Newton's Nook hugging that flower.  Even as hot as it is we still have flowers blooming.  I haven't seen any mice hugging them just yet though.

I used one of the images from the Garden Mice set from Newton's Nook stamps...colored in Copics and then mounted on a small piece of patterned paper, with a tiny white frame added.  All of this is mounted on a piece of textured white cardstock.  Now this is where you have to use your imagination because the patterned paper is such a pretty green color - just a bit lighter than the greenery in the image - however, the camera just won't pick up that color good no matter what I do.  

I'll enter this in the challenges at:  Inky Paws Challenge - Summer Lovin',  CAS on Friday - CAS with design paper, and  Allsorts - Anything goes or Mood Board (I used the pink flower the mood board as inspiration.)

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Thursday, July 13, 2023


 Ok, I realize that "howdy-hoe" is probably a little corny - but if you say it a couple of times you'll start laughing no matter what!  Nothing like a little smile or laugh to start the day........

We're going down on the farm here..........
The Mr. and Ms. are from Art Impressions and I have to smile looking at them.  It reminds me of Jim and I when we had a huge garden....we're talking like 75 tomato plants, row after row of green beans, mounds of squash.....and everything in between.  Lots of work but it sure tasted good.  Now, I have a raised bed area with one tomato plant, about 10 green bean plants, and 3 they're all dead from the heat in Texas.  We've been in a heat wave that just won't let up for some reason.  

I'll enter this in the challenge at FarmQuest General Store - anything goes country and the anything goes challenge at Pammie's Inky Pinkies.

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Monday, July 10, 2023



Due to lack of room, I drag out stamps I want to use and then usually put them away after I use them so my desk isn't cluttered all the time.  Now, if I wasn't lazy, I could go look up and see where this stamp is from but......Well.....I'm sure you understand.  Anyway, they're big sunflowers and I watercolored them.  The sentiment is from Technique Tuesday (and the reason I know that is because I haven't put that set away yet).    

There you have it and hope you're having a bright and sunny day.

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Thursday, July 6, 2023

2nd Mess

 I called that card I did last week my first mess - here's the second one.  Not my usual style at all but it's always good to try something new too I suppose.  

As far as what I did........whew!  I had "stuff" all over my desk and I know it ended up taking several hours to make this.....Like I said - not my deal at all.  Anyway........I used several colors of Oxides for the background, stenciled in some stars with texture paste, stamped a couple of different "whatevers" on the background, added more of the stamped die cut shapes like I did on the last card, and the cut out the image from AALL and Create and popped it up on the card.  The image was colored in Copics and I added some Dazzling Diamonds to the dress.  

In comparison - this is more me.  It looks VERY plain compared to the other card but whatever........I will still have two birthday cards to send out when needed!

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Tuesday, July 4, 2023

Happy 4th

 Happy July 4th.  If you celebrate that day I hope it's a good one.  If you don't celebrate it, have a good day anyway! 

I used a very, very old Stampin' Up stamp, colored with Stampin' Up markers, some design paper from my stash, and a bit of twine.

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