Thursday, February 16, 2017

Cardz for Teenz {Cardz 4 Galz}

What a joy to see you here!
Thanks for taking time to visit.

It's time for the 41st Cardz 4 Galz challenge!

Badges are awarded for the Spotlight Winner and Top Picks.

Challenge #41 theme is selected by teamie Babs - Cardz 4 Teenz.
You may have 3 separate submissions, and have as many cards as you like on each submission.  

Show us your cards for ages 13 to 19. 
Challenge ends on March 1.

I've used this darling little cupcake Besties, surrounded by butterflies, and girly, lacy shapes.

It is always a pleasure seeing your artful treasures,
so please come play with us.

Products Used:

Besties Image
Life Style Nesting Lace Ovals Dies
Impression Obsession Birthday Die
Die'sires butterfly border Die
Copic Markers

On a Personal Note:

While many of you are wishing to thaw out from freezes, or shovel yourselves out of snow-covered peaks, we have been enjoying an extremely mild, wet winter. Just so you know, though, it means lots more bugs, vines, weeds, and soil contaminants that a good freeze can quill to help farmers and normal people tolerate the hot months.

A little stroll at 8:30 AM - the sun just after sunrise:

A dwarf azalea on steroids - giggle. The early morning sun is casting light on the screen. You might be able to see that it is slightly green because of how damp the winter has been - we must pressure wash the mold and mildew off. (not essential if we have normal weather patterns).

Kilo, wondering what I'm doing, and why am I walking so early:

The last of our cabbages and onions. It's too warm to leave them in the ground any longer:

The "Community Water Hole" so that all the critters and birds can drink during the day; and at night, water for the deer, opossums, raccoons, bobcats, foxes, and whatever else strolls through in the nocturnal hours.

One of the several woodpiles stacked around the property. During the cooler months, lots of tree trimming is done to minimize damages from summer storms, tropical storms and hurricanes. After the debris is burned, the larger pieces are split using our log splitter. I marvel that my husband enjoys doing these things. The "logs" have since been transported to the open-air "wood shed".

Top of the "hill", and the top of our property, are these large azaleas. The center bushes are a good 12 feet high (3.6 meters). Everything is in a shadow - the foreground reveals a bit of sunshine trying to peek through the trees as it is still early:

My favorite person Jack (and Kilo, his faithful sidekick) at the waterhole. (The wood pile behind him has been stashed away). That large green plant growing up the huge oak trees in the back left is a Monstera in the Philodendron Pothos variety.
Because we have not had severe freezes the past several years, it is growing crazily!

Another woodpile - which has been since stacked. The little open air "wood shed" is visible below at the right. We enjoy using the fireplace when there is a chill in their air, or if it is too warm for the heater, but it's chilly outdoors and very wet. During the winter, of course: 

March means a month of severe pruning and massive leaf raking! All the brown area above is fallen oak leaves. Our oaks lose their leaves in February, and grow little "squiggles" at the beginning of March in order to release pollen. The air will be yellow with pollen, and we all stay away as much as possible. It is those weeks we relish heavy rains to knock the pollen out of the trees and air.

Stamping Hugs,

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Sparkle N Sprinkle Leafy Spring Wreath

Hello, Sweet Blogging Friends!
Welcome to my little blog,
and to the reveal for a lovely new stamp set by Sparkle N Sprinkle and Beccy Muir called

Available both digitally and in rubber, it's a pretty set that is suitable for several occasions.
I used the rubber for the wreath, and the digital for the sentiments:

The first card is flat for mailing:
Nuvo Crystal Drops - Pearl White were used around the circle. The image is stamped and colored with markers. The sentiment is digital, part of the same set.

Some of the flowers are popped up because the wreath is recessed behind the basketweave layer:

Instead of layering the flowers directly atop the flowers beneath, I off-set them a little:

Nuvo Drops were also used in the flower centers with a touch of glitter.

A Pretty Yellow Wreath is always a friendly sight!

When creating cards, I try to plan the layout, and the rest is done to cover up boo-boos!

Interior (sentiment is a sneak peek):

The frame is actually "popped up", and the wreath is recessed beneath it:

The pretty Tonic Essentials Layered Leaves Embossing Folder is highlighted with some Brilliance ink pads, and distressed with Straw around the edges.

The Pretty floral spray was
created with:

dimensional flowers,

ribbon from DLArt,

Sizzix Branch with Leaves in vellum,

Sue Wilson Faux Quilled Leaves
coated with 


a Martha Stewart heart
covered with

and some
pretty pearl flourishes.

Here's a close up of the
glittered items:

Lastly a sweet pink card with lacy elements:

The bow is made from my Great-Aunt Agnes's stash from the 1940s or 1950s. It's a pale pink with large scallops and scallops in the scallops (giggle).

While this frame is also popped up, it was done a bit differently:

The result is a much sturdier frame, and it looks fabulous in real life, easier to adhere, and gorgeously sparkle-full! I imagine a less sturdy cardboard would have been just as acceptable:


Thanks for stopping by today!

Sparkle N Sprinkle Products:

Other Products:
Sizzix Branch with Leaves in vellum
Sue Wilson Faux Quilled Leaves
MS open heart punch
DLArt Ribbon
Pearl Stickers with (glitter added)
We R Memory Keepers Next Level Woven 1 embossing folder

Challenges I'd like to support please:

  1. Allsorts Challenge #402 Hearts and/or Flowers 2/17 (I used the rubber for the wreath, and the digital for the sentiments)
  2. Artistic Inspirations #172 Anything Goes 2/20
  3. Classic World Wide Open DT Challenge #11 - Anything Goes for a DT (SNS DT) 3/1
  4. Crafting from the Heart #146 Anything Goes  2/20
  5. Crafting When We Can (#137) Flowers 2/19
  6. Crafty Cardmakers #182 Add Some Texture (wet and dry embossing, glitter, lace, fabric, flowers) 2/27
  7. The Corrosive Challenges - #2 Anything Goes 3/12
  8. Use Your Stuff #251 Bingo Card 2/20 (Yellow card uses diagonal from left to right - pearls, bling, heart, embossing) (Flat Pink card uses 2nd row Enamel dots, sparkle in flowers, pink, stamping)

Stamping hugs,

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Love is in the Air - Cardz 4 Galz

Hello, Sweet Blogging Friends!

It's time for the 40th Cardz 4 Galz challenge!

It is always a pleasure seeing your artful treasures.

Badges are awarded for the Spotlight Winner and Top Picks.

Challenge #40 theme is selected by teamie CAZ - Love is in the Air! 
You may have 3 separate submissions, and have as many cards as you like on each submission.  

so get crafting and show us your interpretation of Love - it all depends who the cards are for, right? Love is one of those gifts we give ourselves, and lavish upon others.
Challenge ends on February 15.

I love being on this team - not only because my teamies are so talented and inspiring, but because I get to use all my "stuff" that has lain neglected far-too long!

I'm using a beautiful PSX stamp in a resist technique, employing SNS White Detail Embossing Powder, 5 colors of distress inks, and lots of layers of hearts! It also makes me VERY happy to use some Recollections rhinestones to "bling things to life!"

It's such unusual designer paper, which has been in my stash for YEARS, so glad to be finding a good use for it, from a company called Pocket Full of Papers.

Although the card is an A8 (5.5 x 8 inches), it just fits the post office guidelines for a flat card, and a regular size envelope. But it might be an extra ounce LOL

Check out the detail for the rhinestone flourishes on each side of the card.
Notice a difference in the two sides? (click on the photo to enlarge)
The top left does not show up as clearly as the top right.
The right flourishes are much more defined.
By the way, the rhinestones truly are sparkly, I just couldn't capture it with my camera.

The difference close up:

The right side has been finished with Sparkle N Sprinkle Peruvian Lily Microfine Velvet Glitter.
This glitter is micro fine, and has a very small sparkle effect, but it's just enough to not detract from the rhinestones. The tape is covered up by the glitter.
Peruvian Lily Microfine Velvet Glitter is one of my favorite colors due to its versatility. It goes with just about anything - pinks, purples, greens, blues, reds, oranges, whites, blacks. I suppose it would even go with yellow and bright orange if the colors were used in other places as well LOL

Now both sides are glittered. The top left is much more defined:

Products Used:

On a Personal Note:

Even in Florida we have some cold and dreary days, where there is such a chill, that our thin-blooded bodies just can't tolerate the cold. Everything is relative, right? We recently had nights descending into the 30s and 40s. On those cold days, this is what we enjoy to take the chill out of the air. The cold days make all you Northerners seem like Super Heroes to us!

Challenges I'd like to play in:

  1. Classic Design Team Open Challenge Blog #11 Anything for a DT goes 3/1
  2. Come and Get it Challenges (Jan 27) 3 or More Layers 2/5 (9 layers plus the base folded card and flourishes)
  3. Craft Rocket Challenges #32 "It's a Love Thing" 2/14
  4. Crafting from the Heart #145 Anything Goes 2/5
  5. Crafts Galore Encore (Feb 1) Anything Goes! 3/1
  6. Crafty Creations #334 Anything Goes 2/15
  7. Die Cuttin Divas #302 Anything Goes 2/7 (heart dies used in a variety of ways)
  8. heARTful Stamping Challenge (Jan29 - Feb 5) Use a Rubber Stamp + theme Anything Goes 2/5
  9. Love to Craft #7 Anything Goes 3/5
  10. Pile it On Challenges #125 Quotable 2/5 + other challenges
  11. Word Art Wednesday (268-269) Anything Goes + Love/Wisdom 2/15 (paraphrased 1Corinthians chapter to concise words)
  12. World Wide Open Design Team Challenge #18 Anything for a DT goes 2/15
Stamping Hugs,


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