Monday, October 16, 2017

Triple Fall

I joined a swap to make Fall themed cards using the triple stamping technique.  I pulled out my many leaf stamps and went to town.  I used water color pens to color with.  Had a fun time!  I think I may try Christmas themed triple stamping cards soon.


Sunday, October 1, 2017

The old general store

This month's Progressive Freebie challenge at the Outlawz has a General Store image provided by Mary Smith of Createful Heart.  Everyone did such a beautiful job with the image.  I struggled a bit with it because I couldn't think of any kind of theme to use the image for.  I finally went with a "thinking of you" card.  I urge you to go to the challenge and see what everyone else did.




Monday, August 28, 2017

Birthday cards

Just wanted to share a few birthday cards.  







Monday, August 7, 2017

Birthday Milk

Here's a card I made for Fest Friday challenge at the Outlawz.  I chose the theme "cows".  This particular cow is from Eureka Stamps and is called Valentine Cow.  The background on this card is a skin I made with some acrylic paints.  I love the texture it adds.


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Tangle Fish

The Progressive Challenge at the Outlawz is under way for the month of August.  This month's image is from Jean Chaney.  She created a wonderful angel fish, and another one with Zentangle designs in it called Tangle Fish.  Jean says:

As a Certified Zentangle teacher, I feel it is important for you to know that these images, while using some of the patterns of Zentangle are in actuality ZIA’s (Zentangle Inspired Art). The Zentangle® method is an easy to learn, relaxing and fun way to use structured patterns to create beautiful images. Do read more about this method from the founders of this meditative approach to art on their website. Zentangle.com

I chose to use the Tangle Fish for my project.  At first this image just screamed "shaker card!" and that's what I set out to do.  However when it came time to assemble the card I changed my mind and made a gel card instead.  It's been a long time since I've made a gel card, and I have to say that with the new fuse tool it's much easier than it used to be!  Plus it's good that I put the tool to some use since I've rarely used it since I bought it over  a year ago.

I used a cutting file from The Cutting Cafe for the fish bowl shaker card.  Regina has so many different kinds of cutting files.  I highly recommend her shop!  Now for my card


The sequins and pearls are glued directly to the image.  Only gel is in the pocket.  I hope you will come and play along with us at the Progressive Challenge!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Challenge cards

Here are a few cards I've made recently for some challenges.  The first card was for the Festive Friday challenge and the theme was swimming.



Another one for Festive Friday challenge and the theme was bees.  I made this as a thank you card for a couple who live across from my work place.  They brought over a whole bunch of zinnias from their garden and it brightened up our office for over a week.  Plus this couple raises bees, so I thought the image was perfect.


And lastly, this one was for the Paper Ala Mode challenge where we were to make a card inspired by a song.  My song was "She Wore An Itsy Bitsy, Teeny Weenie, Yellow Polka Dot Bikini."



Thursday, July 13, 2017

Baby congratulations

I got some exciting news that one of my nieces is going to have a baby!  I made her this quick, but cute congratulations card with a free digi of a pacifier and fonts on my computer.




Monday, July 10, 2017

Christmas in July

Hi everyone.  I wanted to share a card I made for the Festive Friday challenge at the Outlawz.  I chose Christmas for my holiday.  What I wouldn't give for some July snow right now!


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

This is for the birds

Hi everyone.  I'm just trying to post some of the cards I've made but haven't posted about.  The following are all cards that feature birds.  



Saturday, July 1, 2017

going to the dogs

Hi everyone.  My post today is all about dogs!  First off the Progressive Challenge at the Outlawz this month has an image of a dog from Anne's Digital Art.  Anne is so generous with free images, and she does awesome pet portraits!  Here is the card I made using her dog image


Then I also recently joined a swap to make a card with a dog or cat on it.  I ended up making lots of cards for that.  Here are some of them




Then I made a couple of birthday cards with dogs.  One is colored and one is paper pieced.






Friday, May 26, 2017

Real Stamping

I just wanted to share a few cards I made recently.  These all use a stamp set from Papertrey Ink.  Real stamping this time - no digis!  





Friday, May 19, 2017

Two challenges

The Paper Ala Mode challenge this week is to use the spotlight technique.  This is simply where you pick a portion on the image you want to draw attention to in some way.  We are sponsored by Lemon Shortbread, and I used this cute Halloween Girl and chose to spotlight the Halloween elements in the image.  I first die cut that portion out, then colored it and put it back in it's place with a slight dimension.


I missed posting about the challenge last week because I was at my daughters awaiting the birth of my 2nd grandson Zack.  He was born Monday morning and weighed in at 8.5 pounds!  I am happy to report that both he and mom are doing great.  It was such fun being there.

Anyway, last week's challenge was to make a masculine card.  We were sponsored by Beccy's Place and Dr Digi's House Of Stamps.  I chose a silhouette image from the Splish Splash set at Beccy's Place.

My first card I printed the image and then cut it out with my Scan n Cut.  I water colored the background with color burst paints.  Once everything was dry I glued the image to the card and added some rain drops with some crystal lacquer.


When I saw the negative space left where the image was cut out, I wanted to use it too and I love how it turned out.


Friday, May 5, 2017

Paper Ala Mode is On The Move

The Paper Ala Mode challenge is a fun one this week - make a card with movement.  I always enjoy interactive cards.  I made a sliding pull card using this Chicken image from Toadstool Printables.  The paper for our challenge this week is from Art Wildflower Digi.  We each made a short video showing the movement on our cards too.


Here's the video so you can see how it pulls open.  Special thanks to my husband for demonstrating the card while I filmed.


Friday, April 28, 2017

Name that Letter

The Paper Ala Mode challenge is up and it's a fun challenge this week.  We are supposed to use something, or more than one thing that begins with the first letter of your name.

I used this Floral Heart from Sheepski Designs and made this card.  My "H" is the heart and the holes at the bottom in the border.  I also have the H in happy!


The I filled in for Debbie.  She chose Jo's Daffodils from Sheepski Designs.  Her "D" is the daffodils of course, but I added diamonds in the embossing and I used distress markers to color it with.


  It's also fun to see if you can find how many things everyone used on their cards!  I hope you'll come play with us!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Sparkle and Shine

The Paper Ala Mode challenge is about sparkle and shine this week.  We are sponsored by Sasayaki Glitter Stamps and Nikki Burnette.  Here is my card using Lissa Fairy.  I used Wink of Stella on her wings, the butterfly, and on some of the flower petals that are on the flowers die on the edge.  I also added some silver foil to parts of her dress, and I used some little shiny flower shaped pearls to the center on the the flowers on the edge.


Monday, April 17, 2017

Rainbow Shaker


This was fun to make with one of those shaker card kits from Queen and Company.  


Sunday, April 16, 2017

This is not for everyone

Hey everyone.  Let me just say that this post is not for everyone.  If poking fun at political things isn't your cup of tea then please forgive me and don't look any further.  I recently found a set of dies that I thought were really cool.  It is a set of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton dies.  I don't think I've ever before seen dies of political figures.  Anyway, I had to snap them up!  

I then made a series of birthday cards to send to my sister leading up to her birthday.  I timed it so she would receive a card a day in this order








Unfortunately, I don't think my sister saw the humor in my cards.  Oh well - maybe I'll send her a Mother's Day card that says "making your mother's day great again", and then a 4th of July card saying "making your 4th of July great again", and then a Halloween card saying "making your Halloween great again"... or maybe not.


Saturday, April 15, 2017

simple birthday card


I recently got some Zig clean color markers and wanted to play with them.  I used them to color this simple image.  They will take some practice!  Happy Easter to you all!



Friday, April 14, 2017

Celebrations

Hi everyone - well since I was late with the last two Paper Ala Mode challenges I thought I'd make it up by being a little early for this week's challenge!  Our challenge this week is all about celebrations. Think of all the things we celebrate in life.  The birth of a new baby, the purchase of a new home, birthdays, anniversaries, graduations...they are all up for grabs in this challenge!

We are sponsored by Sami Stamps, and I do hope you will go visit their shop.  If you purchase, please let them know you did so after visiting us because this is the last time they are sponsoring challenges.

Of course, I made a birthday card.  I love birthdays and think every single one should be celebrated.  I used an image called Balloon Puppy and made this card


I used chalk for the sky and stamped a grass stamp at the bottom for the grass.  The silly sentiment was created on my computer.

Please come and play with us.  You have a great chance to win awesome prizes from our sponsors!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Here chick, chick, chick

Hi everyone.  The other day I saw a really cute card of a chick that I loved.  I knew there was no way I could cut the hair part of this, so I searched all over for a cut file for it - to no avail.  I decided to make my own with the Brother Scan n cut.  I merged two oval together and then I cut out a grass border to use for the hair.  It worked, but the border was a little funky for hair.  


So I wrote Regina at The Cutting Cafe and told her that I really wanted a file to cut out this cute chick!  She obliged and made up the cutest chick file!  Isn't this just adorable?  You can find the file HERE.  I am having so much fun making up cards with this.


The I made them really small to attach as tags onto Easter baskets I'm making for my boss's kids, and I added some little feathers on top for extra hair.  Don't they just make your little heart melt?


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Ice Cream and Turtles

I just realized today that I forgot to post my card for the Paper Ala Mode challenge for last week and this week!  Last week our challenge was Anything Goes and we were sponsored by Angie's Digital Stamps.    The image I used is called Daisy Mae With An Ice Cream Cone.  I found the perfect paper to go with this cute image and computer generated the sentiment.


This week our challenge is to make something with an animal on it.  We are sponsored by Sweet n' Sassy Stamps.  I used Tommy Turtle's Balloons



Monday, April 3, 2017

Easter Bunnies!

I saw cards like these on Pinterest and had to play.  They are so fun and easy to make.  I'm planning on making a lot more before Easter rolls around.



Friday, March 31, 2017

Birthday Cones

Hi everyone.  The Paper Ala Mode challenge at the Outlawz this week is anything goes.  The challenge is being sponsored by Angie's Digital Stamps.  I chose to use this cute Daisy Mae With An Ice Cream Cone.



I computer generated the sentiment, and found this cute ice cream cone paper on line.  I think this will make a sweet birthday card for just about anyone.  Come play along with us!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Balloons In A Jar

Here's a birthday card I made for a teen girl.


Thursday, March 9, 2017

A couple of birthday cards

Hi everyone.  I hope you're all doing well.  Nikki asked about my dogs recently, so I thought I'd give you an update.  Riley is as rambunctious as ever, although her age has mellowed her out a bit.  She doesn't torture our cat as much as she used to, which I am especially thankful for because he is pretty old and recently had to have one of his rear legs amputated.  He has been doing great since the amputation though!

Baxter is as sweet as ever, but I don't think his fears and anxiety are going to improve any more than they already have.  He is still very fearful of any person that isn't my husband or me.  He doesn't ever really let his guard down.  When we are all in the living room watching television, he is always darting his eyes to the windows by the door as if he's fearful the boogeyman is going to burst through at any moment.  Sometimes I think he would be really relaxed in a sound and sight deprivation unit!  He is such a loving dog though.

Here are some recent photos - bear in mind that spring has just come and Riley is due for her summer cut!  I keep putting it off though  because the weather keeps changing.  They are even calling for the possibility of snow this weekend!

Here's our cat.  He is looking pretty good for 15 years old!


Here's Riley - looking at a squirrel in the tree


And here is Baxter.


I do have a couple of birthday cards to share with you.  The first one uses a Bugaboo image.  I love Bugaboo images, and they have so many fun ones to choose from.  This was made for a former co-worker of mine.



And here's one with a cute hedgehog - I can't remember the name of the company who makes these.