Monday, May 2, 2016

Oldie Moldie Monday

I was in need of more thank you notes to thank special people who impacted my Mom's life in her last years.

This card goes to her doctor.  (My mom went by the name Bea.)

This card went to the administrator at the nursing home.  He was a great help to my sister.

The thank you is a digi image I had left over from Operation Write Home card making days.  All the paper is from Authentique.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Mixed Media Mojo May Challenge

Hard to believe it is already May and time to start a new challenge on Mixed Media Mojo.  The challenge for May is Flowers with the twist of stitching (real for faux).

I found a page in a journal where I had been putzing for months.  The first layer was putting gel medium through a stencil and yes it did work.  You do end up with a very faint design on your page.  After that I just kept adding layers of paint and never really knew where I was going.  I was a little crunched on time for creating something for this challenge so decided to start with this page in my book.  I do wish I had taken a picture of it before I added all the layers.

The flower was on the page along with the painted background.  I did add some more of the aqua which is the blue on the left side.  I was working over the orange and pinks so that must be why I ended up with this shade of blue.

I drew on the stem and leaves.  They have about four layers of different greens on their in different paints.  I could not get the coverage or color I wanted.  I added some veins with a ink intense pencil.  The white on the leaves are rub on stitches which I have had for many years.  Of course, they do not work as well as when they are new so we get a random look when they are added to your pictures.

There is some journaling on the page.  I have written along the stem and the leaves.  Bloom where you are planted is the message and then lots of Bloom.  I really feel we have it within our own power to make the best of where ever we are and we just need to plant some roots and start growing and blooming.

I added some embossing paste through stencils and then also scraped some on in different places.  Of course, the last step is the black splatters.  There is no control for me on this step - all I got was the big ones and I am scared but finally I managed some smaller splatters and I liked it better.  I also painted the center of the flower with the same black.

Here are some close ups of different parts of the journal page.

The stitching on my page is all faux.  I tried to use the rub ons and then I also used a white gel pen and added more stitching lines.

I hope you come along and play with us.  Don't you have a mother's day card to make or a graduation card which needs a flower on it and some stitching.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Cards for Children

Another card for the Collins Children Home.  I found this image already colored; I just needed to make the flower teal to pick up the colors in the leftover paper I was using.

An easy card to put together and it will make a little girl smile and feel better about herself.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Child's Butterfly Card

I am starting to get back in the card making mode again.  The last couple months have been very busy and a little traumatic but I think things are back on track a little.

I wanted to start working on my second box of cards for the Collins Children Home in Seneca, SC.  I was lucky enough to be able to visit this home in January and see the wonderful work they do with children.  Nothing makes me happier than making cards for children especially children who never receive a card -whether it be a purchased card or a handmade one.

I found this image already colored as I was looking for something else.  I also found the plaid paper.  The pink is a favorite - the Bo Bunny dots.  I love that one side has the dots and the other side is plain.

The sentiment is from Hero Arts which was white embossed on some vellum.

I know this card will make some little girl smile and feel good about herself.  A card maker could not ask for anything more.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016


I have a special group of friends which we were named the Ya Ya's by a fellow member who passed away from breast cancer.  I wanted to send these friends a card to let them know how much I value their friendship, support and love.

I decided to use the current sketch from The Paper Players.

I am also entering it into the weekly challenge on Tuesday Throwdown where the challenge is "Anything Goes".

I picked up a 6 x 6 pad (I have quite a few) and found 3 coordinating papers for the strips.  The teal circle is actually cut from a packet of cards I had bought.  The color was perfect.  The packet probably cost me $1 and I still have some more left if I want to use them.  The sentiment is from Penny Black.  It is a new sentiment set I just bought last week.

I know my friends will like receiving some special mail.  Sometimes you don't tell your friends often enough how much they mean to you.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Happy Birthday

I am making an effort this year to send birthday cards to my family members.  I have not been very good at this in the past.  With retirement, I should have not excuse.  So far, I have only been late on one and I will not beat myself up on why it was late.

This card is for my niece in California.  She will be shocked to get a birthday card from her Auntie.  It is in the envelope all ready to go in the mail next Monday.

I used the sketch from Retro Sketches.

It is a pretty straight forward sketch and I grabbed a 6 x 6 pad and found coordinating paper and a large birthday sentiment to fill the middle band.  I just added a twine bow to finish it off.  The scalloped border was cut with my Silhouette from a pink scrap of paper.

Hopefully Jessica will recover from getting a birthday card from her Auntie.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Mixed Media Mojo How To

Today I am sharing a post on the Mixed Media Mojo blog about how I created the following journal page.  This page is done in a recipe book that I am using to journal in.  I also used the pictures in a sales flyer for a department store for part of my journal.  Go check out what I did on the Mixed Media Mojo Blog.

You still have time to play along with our challenge which is to recycle.