Saturday, May 16, 2015

Just FYI - no comments needed

Hi, unfortunately I've been down with an exacerbation this week. Equally unfortunate, when the last MS Office update came up this week, it caused my Business Outlook E-mail app to disappear, and I've not been able to recover it. So I'm learning a new e-mail app on my iMac in the mean time. But it is slow going since I cannot sit up very much.

This note is just to let you know why I have not been visiting blogs, or responding to email. No need to leave comments - I know you all are busy, and working on your own health problems, too. Please know that you are each in my heartfelt thoughts.

Love you bunches,

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Outlawz May Day CAS

Hello, Blogging Friends! I hope you are enjoying a great week, and that you are well.

Outlawz is sharing a fabulous New England tradition about May Day in their Sunday CAS Challenge. The result is to create CAS cards containing flowers in baskets.

These are my CAS cards - or at least I HOPE they are considered CAS.

The first is cut using Sue Wilson dies from her Ornate Pierced Rectangles set - I cannot say enough good things about this die cut set - definitely one of my favorites! I like this card best of the two.

The second is done with the Spellbinders Scallop Labels Two set:

After coloring with Copics, I smeared the middle section with VersaMark Ink and SNS Sparkle embossing powder which contains glitter. It does not look pink in real life, but I guess the camera sees the reflection of the glitter differently than our merely human eyes do!

Isn't it strange how the cameras capture colors, shine and glitz so differently from what our eyes see?

You can see a little better that the left matches the right, but it depends how the light is hitting it. The last picture in this post shows the glittered area best - but way too much pink showing in it!

The pretty sentiment is from Create With TLC. From the thousands of images in my stash, not a single one was a basket with flowers, so I found this freebie on line at Coloring and Coloring.

I cut the Spellbinders shape in a single pass through so that the dry embossing would not be compromised during a second pass through. (if reading from my blog, just click on the photos below to enlarge).

Not only does the glitter look unexpectedly pink, but the clear EP shows off my poor shading skills LOL

Thanks for stopping by!

I am playing in the following Challenges:


Sunday, April 26, 2015

Bugaboo Anniversary Card

Hi! Thursday is our 39th wedding anniversary, so I made a humorous card for Jack. 

He prefers SIMPLE - 
                                    NO GLITTER - (imagine that!) - 
                                                                                          and lots of SILLINESS. 

I found the perfect image at Bugaboo Stamps, and used some of the colors in their inspiration photo.
It is a 5x7 card (A7), colored with Copic Markers.

I wasn't sure if this qualifies for Clean and Simple since it has layers. 
If it is perfectly flat, does that make it CAS?

I am participating in the following challenges:

  • Catch the Bug Challenge (April 25 - May 1) Inspiration Photo at left (used the colors in the carrots, greenery, orange, gold shed, brown wagon, mountains and dress color blue-purple)  5/1

Thanks for the fun challenge AND the perfect image, Jodie!


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Stamp Club Heart-Flourish challenge

Welcome, dear blogging friends! I hope you and your families are well.

This month our stamp club was challenged by Terry Weigand to case a card using Papertrey Ink's flourish stamp. The pretty card was created by Lisa at her "I'm In Haven" blog.

Here is Lisa's card we cased:

The images were stamped on 4.25 x 5.5 white card stock, and each person took several to work on.
It was a great challenge and lots of fun!
Two weeks later, here are my four finished cards.


A8 size card
Close Up of papers used in project.
Using the same design elements on the interior.


It's so enjoyable using this shape to make cards.
Using long-forgotten-about Martha Stewart Hydrangea punch
Card interior employing the same theme elements.

More cards:

Turquoise and Black:

A7 (5x7) size - the frame is actually my first attempt at cutting out chip board, and then glittering it, of course.
Carried out the shape theme on the inside.

Turquoise and Orange:

First - a little tip to share:
if reading from my blog, please click images to enlarge

Finished Card:

Card Interior Uses the same die cut set.

Thanks for visiting today - and thanks for a great challenge day, Terry!

CHALLENGES I'm playing in:

  1. Addicted to stamps - #141 Anything Goes (used PTI Flourish Stamp on 4 cards, and a variety of stamped sentiments) 4/27
  2. Deep Ocean Blog - #102 Shaped Card (my Green-Purple card above) 5/4
  3. Die Cuttin Divas - #212 National Garden Month - include something you would find in a garden (my last card includes trellis work, lots of flowers, a butterfly, and the love of gardening depicted by the hearts!) 4/26

Products Used: (all cards use PTI Flourish)

Aqua/Black card
Spellbinders 5x7 Modern Stationary
Memory Box Beloved Hearts
SNS Black Ice glitter
Sentiment:  interior by PSX

Green/Purple card
Spellbinders Grand Labels 23
Spellbinders Grand Ovals and Grand Scallop Ovals
Spellbinders Petite Ovals and Petite Scallop Ovals
Cottage Cuts Leaf trio
Memory Box Beloved Hearts
Life Style Nesting Hearts
Martha Stewart Heart Seal Punch
Martha Stewart Hydrangea Punch
Darice 5x7 Dots Embossing Folder
Sentiments: front by Hero Arts, interior by PSX

Green/Black card
Sentiment: interior A-Line Stamps, front by Paper Trey
Spellbinders Bitty Blossoms
Memory Box Beloved Hearts
Martha Stewart Loops Hearts Punch set
Martha Stewart Heart Seal Punch
Cottage Cuts Leaf trio
Cheery Lynn Olive Branches

Turquoise/Orange card
Sentiment: interior PSX Stamps, front by Paper Trey
Memory Box Leavenworth Butterfly Trio (filigree)
Memory Box Cascadia Butterfly Trio (solid)
Martha Stewart Hydrangea Punch
Prills by USArtquest
SNS Waterscape glitter
Spellbinders 5x7 Elegant Labels 4
Life Style Nesting Hearts
Darice Nesting Hearts

stamping hugs,


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