Monday, January 26, 2015

Oldie Moldie Monday

Monday - time to show some love to your old supplies.  I am continuing my posts on Monday with valentine cards using the same pad of paper.  This is my third card using this pad of paper.  The paper is from Michael's Recollection line.

I cut the base of my step card with my Silhouette.  It sure makes constructing this type of card very easy.  I recycled my card stock from commencement programs.

The image is from Lil' Inker Designs.  I stamped with black and clear embossed the image.  It really makes the image pop.  I colored it with Gelatos.  The sentiment is from SRM Stickers.  Added some ribbon and enamel dots and I have another valentine card made.

I even finished the inside with another sticker from SRM Stickers.

I am going to enter this into Addicted to Stamps Holiday challenge.

Everyone enjoy your Monday and try to show some love for your old supplies.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Season's Greetings

My second Christmas card of the year.  I think I did stamp it last year but never made it into a card.

The background was made with acrylic paints or distress paints.  Don't remember exactly I made it so long ago.  I just knew I did not want to throw it in a heap.  I needed to use it.

I embossed the image with white embossing powder.  It is matted with a teal/blue card stock.  The sentiment is a sticker from SRM Stickers on vellum wrapped around the card.  The matted image was pop dotted on the card base.  Some enamel dots were added for interest.

I am entering this in the challenge at Addicted to Stamps for their Holiday challenge.

Happy Sunday.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Dog Ate My Birthday Card

This was the birthday card I made for my daughter.  She never got to see it; she brought it from the mailbox and laid it on the table and Axl (the dog) ate it.  Axl loves paper.  He even ate the dog shaming book.

The stamp is by Whipper Snapper Designs.  It was colored with distress paints and Gelatos.

It was a very nice card.  He also ate her Christmas Santa canvas.  Good thing I love that darn dog.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Getting Caught Up on Cards

Well I did not get all my Christmas cards sent out this year so I am sending some winter cards and then some valentine cards.  Here is the winter card I am sending to friends in warmer clients.  Three have been mailed and I have 5 more images colored.

I colored the Whipper Snapper stamp with distress inks.  The sentiment is from Crackerbox Palace in Janesville, WI.  Normally I stamp it on envelopes but I thought it would make a cute sentiment with my handsome friend.  The image hangs over the top of the card.  I have made several of this design this year and really like it.  It still fits in an A2 envelope.

I am going to enter the card in the Monday Simon Says Stamp challenge which is winter stamping.  Stamping in the winter, stamping a winter image - this qualifies for both.

Spent Monday off work so I worked in my crafting area.  I have found the floor and vacuumed it.  The tables now need to be cleaned.  Slowly but surely.  I should have done some cleaning upstairs also.  Oh well, there will be another day.

Enjoy your Tuesday.  I know this 4 day week will seem like 6 days.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Oldie Moldie Monday

Monday - time to show some love for your old supplies.  I don't think this paper is too old but I love the colors.  This is a Valentine Card for my mom - and her favorite color is pink.

We have four generations of women in my family with the middle name of Bea.  My Mom is the original Bea - she goes by Bea - but her real name is Molly Beatrice.

The stamp is from Lil' Inkers.  I stamped it with black ink and then quickly clear embossed it.  Love to do that so you have a little edge to contain your watercoloring.  The bee is colored with Gelatos.  I added a little sparkle with a Stardust Pen.  If I ever find my Glossy Accents, I will put them on the little bow and heart.  Hmmmm - maybe I need to color that nose.

Remember to dig out your old supplies and show them some love - remember they still make great cards.

Happy Monday - no work today.  Color me happy.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Back in the Blog Saddle Again

I have been horribly lazy at posting on my blog.  I have made several cards but never posted them.  They will get posted in the upcoming days.

Today I am sharing a card for several challenges.  I made the inked background awhile ago with a couple of my favorite distress inks.  I love the colors that I always come up with this ink combination.

I used a Hero Arts stamp I have had for ages (of course I had to have it) that I have never used before.  I stamped it with VersaMark and then used a white embossing powder for the sentiment.  I made a top folding card which I don't normally do.  It is sorta a short/fat card kinda like the designer.  I matted it with a blue/green cardstock.  I added some dyed seam binding for my ribbon.  When I put the ribbon across the top I did not like the look so I had this small strip of the inked background that I put on top of the ribbon.  I tied my bow and added it.  I also added some pearls in a dark teal.

I am entering this card in the challenge at The Paper Players which is to make the sentiment the focal point of the card an it needs to be clean and simple.  Hopefully I achieved the clean and simple.

I am also entering it in the Monday Simon Says Challenge which is a "inky background."

Well off to watch the Packer game and make my Oldie Moldie Monday card.  Valentine card in progress.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Monthly Faber-Castell Challenge

It is that time of the month when Mou posts her monthly challenge on the Faber-Castell blog.  Thc challenge this month is January: the first month of the year! A time of making new resolutions, fresh starts, starting again. It's the time of new beginnings. Your challenge this month is to create anything to celebrate new beginnings. 

This is a 5 x 7 canvas board.  It is a gift for a young lady in her 20's who has ventured forth to live her dream.  I know that she can do it but she sometimes battles her demons and they try to break her wonderful spirit.  One of the demons right now is also cancer.

The canvas represents being positive.  You have two choices - glass is half full or half empty - choose the positive one - choose the sunshine not the rain.  Although that monkey looks pretty happy in the rain.  Must be the snazzy little slicker and boots she is wearing.

Why a monkey - she loves monkeys.  Why a huge orange sun - aren't suns yellow - well orange is her favorite color.

I covered the canvas with gesso.  I just plopped some gesso on the board and then I took a paper towel and blobbed it around the canvas so I got some different texture - not the normal paint brush nothingness.  I then colored the gesso with gelatos.  I scribbled them on and then smeared them with my hands and some water.  The monkey was stamped on a gessoed piece of a book page and colored with different mediums.  He was glued to the canvas with gel medium.  The sun was a combination of different mediums to achieve the color I wanted.  I stamped the sentiment.  I added the little flowers last because I thought that added to the sunshine.  I used the Glass Bead Glitter Gel on the sun and also on parts of the monkey.  I added some texture with Whipped Spackle and a stencil.

I finished the canvas off with one of the Big Brush Pens around the edge (bright pink) and softening the edges with my fingers.

I know it will maker my friend smile and hopefully it will help her stay positive in this next big adventure called life.