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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Recycled Christmas ~ 2017

Another recycled card.  I used this pretty holly branch panel, with its own gold border, from a card in my stash!  It is on cream cs, so I used shimmery cream cs for the background.  If you squint just right you may be able to see the evenly spaced score lines along the bottom.  The sentiment is from a set of dies I bought on line - it comes in a border, so I just cut off the words.
Sketch:   Sketch Saturday
Any:   Creative Fingers 
           Crafty Catz 


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Fall Thinking of You

This card will be sent to a woman in NC who is seriously ill and needs some cheer.  This is through the Tea Pot Party group at SplitCoastStampers.  I am also placing it in my gallery at SCS for a Falliday challenge - a textured fall card.  The top panel is glittery wire edged ribbon.  I took advantage of striped DP by K&Co, but added the negative sticker strips.  The die cut sentiment is from Cuttlebug.
Sketch:    Sketch Saturday
Colors:  
Stripes:   Pink Gem
Any:    Jo's Scrapshack

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Christmas 2017 - recycled

I am continuing with my personal challenge of recycling at least a few of the manycards I have been accumulating over the years.  Sorry the colors are not good - the DP is more of a teal and not as purple as it appears.  The dies came in an unmarked package.
Sketch:   Tuesday Morning Sketches
Christmas:   ABC Christmas
                      12 Months of Christmas
Any:   Digi Choosday
           Word Art Wednesday
         

Shaped card - The Crafter's Cafe DT card ~ challenge #183

This week the challenge at The Crafter's Cafe is to create a shaped card.  I used Spellbinder's Opulent Ovals.  The image is Vintage Couture by digistamps4joy.  See more examples of this lovely vintage dress by fellow teamies here:  Crafters Cafe.  I colored mine with watercolor pencils and  a water brush.  The colored frame is a dark teal. 
Challenges entered:
Shaped card:   C.R.A.F.T.
Colored image:   My Creative Scoop 
Add a sentiment:   Dis Digi Designs 
Die cut + sentiment:     Aud Sentiments
Cool colors:   Artistic Inspirations 
Any:    Crafty Friends




Friday, October 13, 2017

For Terry

This is another card for our son-in-law who faces a long recuperation from a massive stroke.  Since my hubby is physically unable to travel to see him, I will send a lot of cards!  It has been a long time since I have used Riley.  Since Terry is a hunter, I thought he would appreciate this recovering moose.  I got to use some papers ((K&Co.) that were part of a yard sale purchase today - with brown mats..  (Hi, Dawn!)
Over at SplitCoastStampers one of the Falliday challenges, by StampMomma, is to use a fall card to acknowledge our blessings.  We are blessed that Terry has begun his recovery.
Sketch:   VLV Sketches
Fall:   Mod Squad
Stripes:   Southern Girls
                 Pink Gem
Nature:   Penny Black at Allsorts  
For the boys:   Dream Valley
Use brown:   Sami Stamp

SCS Falliday with QKR Stampede DT card

Once again the  weekly challenge at QKR Stampede is anything goes.  Including the optional "pumpkin" is totally up to you.  You may upload up to 3 projects before 3pm EDT on Thursday Oct. 19. Winners are awarded digis from the QKR Stampede store - you get extras if you use a QKR or Eureka image.  This cutie is called Autumn Breeze, and the I Miss You is from the store as well.    I am combining this with the Falliday Fest at SplitCoastStampers.  Annsforte is the hostess for this challenge which involved a technique new to me.  It is called the yarn block technique, and you can find more detail by checking out her link.  Briefly, wrap yarn or twine around a block - I used twine.  Apply white paint to the yarn, then "stamp" on dark cs.  This image is colored with watercolor pencils and a water pen.  I added a flower button by Basic Grey.  I also added glitter to the snowy background, but you can't see it here.
Sketch:    Cheerful Sketches
Hand colored:   My Creative Scoop 
Autumn colors:   Deep Ocean
Fall:    Crafty Sentiments
            Ikes World
            Mod Squad
Orange:    Sasayakiglitter
Inspiration:   Pinspirational
Add a sentiment:   Di's Digi Designs  
Any:     Createful Heart
             Digi Choosday 
             Pammies Inky Pinkies
             Paper Nest Dolls
             Lemon Shortbread
             Classic Design Team
             Through the Craft Room Door
             A Perfect Time to Craft
             Crafting-with-friends
             

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Masked CAS

I masked the edges to create the stripes with Twinkling H20 inks applied with a water brush.  Thanks is  Cuttlebug die, and I added a few punched circles.
This is a card created for 2 challenges at SplitCoastStampers - making for  a Falliday challenge, and a thank you for the Teapot Tuesday - we are sending RAK cards to first responders in Las Vegas.
Any:   Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
RAK:    Die Cuttin Divas
Thanks:   House that Stamps Built 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Hugs and prayers for Terry

                                                      
I have a prayer request for those of you who would like to join us.  Our son in law, who is relatively young (late 50's) had a massive stroke on Fri.  All efforts to remove the clot failed, but thankfully tests reveal minimal swelling and bleeding.  Mobility on the left side is greatly limited, but his speech is fairly good.  We cannot go there because of my husband's severe pain, so that is hard.  Our daughter and grandchildren need our prayer support also.  I will be making him more cards!  This image is from Dearie Doll.  The sentiment is in my file but I could not find a source.  Papers are DCWV, and the oval dies are Spellbinders.
Sketch:   Sweet Sketch Wednesday2
Die cut + sentiment:   Aud Sentiments
Any:       Colour Crazy 
                Crafty Catz
                Creative Fingers 
                Polkadoodle 
                Word Art Wednesday


Monday, October 9, 2017

SCS Falliday for Lori; HB Paul

For our son's birthday.  Since he is an avid hunter and fisherman there is an almost endless choice of images!   This is a digi from TLC - October 2014!  I distressed the Cuttlebug embossing.  The die cut grass is by Die-namics, and the sentiment is Eureka.
Sketch:   Stella Says Sketch
Layers:   Star Stampz
Birthday:   Pink Gem 
Die cut + Sentiment:   Aud Sentiments

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Christmas Blessings 2017 - stampmommas fall fest

This will be my first entry in this year's splitcoaststampers Falliday Fest - there will be 30 challenges, and we have until the end of Oct. to complete them.  I already know I will not attempt all 30 this year, but I will do several, and probably multiples of some of them.  This one required the word Blessings for a Christmas or fall card.  You will see more I am sure.  What are my blessings?  Too many to count.  However, the ones that have especially touched me recently are faith, family and friends.  My husband I, and our families, have experienced a fair amount of adversity recently,   Hubby's back pain has not responded well to treatment, and he was recently diagnosed with Parkinsons.  At the moment our son-in-law is hospitalized as a result of a serious stroke.  At the least he faces a very long recovery.  You can see why I am blessed to have faith, family and friends for support.
This Nativity die is unnamed; the Blessings if from Cheery Lynn.  The ribbon is metallic, and the base is dark blue.  Maybe I should cut the dies with the same blue cs rather than black.  What do you think?
Sketch    VLV Sketches.
Unlimited:   ABC Christmas Challenge
Christmas:    Simon Says Stamp
Any (option - CAS):  Crafty Catz 
Any:    Word Art Wednesday

Friday, October 6, 2017

Shabby Autumn leaves - Option for QKR Stampede Anything Goes challenge #264

I have several images featuring trees, but this is the only one with a grin!  All the leaves meet the option for the Anything Goes challenge for QKR Stampede - Autumn Leaves.  Remember, using the option is up to you.  The image is called Old Tree, and the sentiment is also from QKR Stampede.  The pattern paper is from a Fall Stack by DCWV.  I colored the leaves and tree trunk using water color pencils (quite a few colors!) and my aqua brush.  I added to the shabby look by distressing the edges.  The oval dies are from Spellbinders.
CHALLENGES ENTERED:
Inspiration - colors and trees (at left):    Victorine
Sketch #288:   Sketch Saturday
Lots of layers:    Star Stampz
Shabby:    Fussy and Fancy
Die cut + sentiment:  Aud Sentiments
Any + option - orange and brown:  Scrapbook Stamp Society
Inspiration (tree):   Die- Cut-Divas
                                                      Smile:  Creative Moments
                                                      Fall colors:  Dare 2b Artzy
                                                                            Daranddiane (Double D)  
                                                                            Mod Squad
                                                      Any:   Paper Nest Dolls
                                                                  World Wide Open Design Team 
                                                                   Pammies 
                                                                   Crafty Creations
                                                                   Day Dreamer
                                                                   Jo's Scrapshack 
                                                                   Polkadoodle 
                                                                   Createfulheartcards
                                                                   Hiding in my Craft Room

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Sympathy for Evelyn

We belatedly learned that a friend of ours had lost her son during the summer.  It seems a bit late to send a sympathy card, so I made this one to let her know we are thinking of her.  I used some DP from my stash, and embossed the mocha piece with my Victoria embossing folder.  The Blessings is from a Cheery Lynn die, and the butterflies are punched.  Even though the loss of a loved one is a sad occasion, Evelyn shares the belief that we have a glorious life to look forward to.  Edited:  I should have added that her son was middle aged.

Sketch # 259:    Sketch Saturday
A (sad) life event:   Dies r us Challenge
Any Shape but square w/ quartz:   Butterfly Spot
Blessings:   House That Stamps Built 
Color inspiration:   Die-cut-Divas
Any:   Crafty Sentiments 



 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Recycled Christmas 10-1-17


This continues my goal of recycling many of the cards I have been saving for a while!  I mounted the original card on dark blue cs; tapered the top, and added punched gold stars.  I opened a brand new  piece of ribbon - it says Merry Christmas  (this does not show up on the photo but the two words are imprinted in gold on the ribbon).  I hope the local Navy Mom who is sending 100 boxes to the troops will be able to use a few more cards.
Sketch:   Tuesday Morn Sketches
2 word sentiment:   Aud Sentiments
Never used item (ribbon):    djkardkreations

My debut as a member of the Crafter's Cafe DT

I am excited to join the Crafter's Cafe Design Team, beginning today.  There will be a new challenge on the 1st and 15th of each month.  This time the challenge is to use dies or punches.  You may have as many as 3 entries, but please limit the number of challenges per entry to 10. My card features the Eureka image called Love Potion.  The sentiment is also by Eureka.
I used Spellbinder circle dies.  The base die cut is from their Majestic Element set.  Hard to see in the corner are a couple of punched butterflies.  The background papers come from a kit by Kanban. 
CHALLENGES ENTERED:
Sketch:   Stella Says Sketch
Focus on  a sentiment/verse:    Allsorts
                                                     Double D 
Layers:     Creative Knockouts
Any:          Creative Moments 
                   Simon Says Stamp Wednesday 
                    Word Art Wednesday
                    Day Dreamer
 
 

Friday, September 29, 2017

DT card for QR Stampede Chalenge #263 - Anything Goes - Option: dies or punches

This week there is another easy option for the Anything Goes challenge at the QKR Stampede - Cut it up with punches or dies  Remember, the option is up to you.  You have until 3 p.m. Thursday for up to 3 entries,  Winners receive digis from the QKR/Eureka store, and if you use one of their images you can win more! My image has such an original name - Old Car!  The sentiment is also from QKR Stampede.   I used Spellbinder Nestabilities for the ovals, and a border die for the loops.  The embossing is Distressed Stripes, sponged with black ink.  I used black and white - one of my most favorite color combos.
CHALLENGES ENTERED:
Sketch:   Sketch Saturday
Favorite colors:   Inky Chicks
Any:    Pammies Inky Pinkies 
             Lemon Shortbread 
             Digi Choosday.
             Come and get It    

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Final Guest Designer card for Imagine that digi stamps

 
This has been a great three months serving as a guest designer for Imagine That Digi Stamps.  They have a great assortment of images, with new ones coming out frequently.  For today I selected a set called Autumn.  I used the precolored image - I really liked the colors, and for a card maker in a hurry, what a nice time saver!  It is also available in an outline version.  The dies are Spellbinder Labels One.  The plaid DP is from a Fall/Halloween pad I have from DCWV.  The strips do not show much, but they are pieces of glittery wired ribbon from Michaels.  I punched a couple of tiny butterflies - the "empty" corner bothered me.
When I made the card I had no destination in mind.  However, I just learned that a Navy Mom living in our town is spearheading a program to send at least 100 boxes to military members for Christmas.  They are having special collection times this Friday as well as next Saturday.  I have a lot of cards in my stash to contribute - Yeah!
CHALLENGES ENTERED:
Sketch:   Sketch Saturday
Things with Wings:   Allsorts 
Inspiration - color:   Cupcake Inspirations
Fall colors:    Fussy and Fancy
                       Creative Moments
Brown:     Sasayaki Glitter 
Fun Outside:   Pink Gem

Autumn:   Di's Digi Designs

             Digi Choosday 
             Jo's Scrapshack
             Lemon Shortbread 
             Inspiration Destination 
             Whimsie Doodles
             Paper Nest Dolls 
             Pammie's
             Morgans Art World