Friday, May 31, 2013

shades of pink. . . .

for my card today, which will be entered in the Simon Says Stamp "anything goes" challenge and the Flutterby Wednesday challenge for this week:

It's been awhile since I used these pretty cling stamps from Hero Arts - I love the positive/negative designs together.  The Memento pale pink ink doesn't show up very well in this photo, but it is pretty IRL!  Click on the picture to see a better view.  I covered the Martha Stewart punched butterfly with stardust Stickles glitter - it definitely is prettier IRL! 

Still catching up with lots of things here; just finished planting the last of my annuals and am glad to have that done.  Can't believe today is the last day of May!

Have a great weekend.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

just popping in. . . .

to say that I have been extra busy for the past two weeks and haven't had time for making cards, blogging or visiting everyone!!  On top of the local stamp sale last weekend, I am now helping my daughter move and that is NOT my idea of fun.  :*)

Thought I would do a quick post and share a card of mine that was published in the July issue of  Scrap & Stamp Arts:

All stamps are Hero Arts.  The only embellishments are some tiny black pearls, also from Hero Arts.

By next week, I should be back to a more normal routine and be able to get back to making some cards and participating in a few challenges.

My heart goes out to any of you who were, or know someone who was, affected by the devastating tornado in Oklahoma! 


Friday, May 10, 2013

patterned paper. . . .

is the basis for my card today!  I only used one stamp for this card, but am happy with the results:

These papers are from Graphic 45's Secret Garden 8 x 8 paper pad.  The stamp is an old one from Annette Watkins.  Buttons, gems and some Stickles platinum glitter were used for embellishments.

I am entering this card in three challenges:

Simon Says Stamp challenge (wings)

Mojo Monday 292

Here is their sketch:

And, Flutterby Wednesday (open)

Last week, I left on Friday for a two day trip and this week has been extra busy with yard work and other chores. Once a year, there is a local stamp sale and I have been attempting to get my "stuff" together and priced for this event which will be on the 18th.  Of course, I should have started this process much earlier!  :-) 

For those of you who are mothers, Happy Mother's Day to you.  Have a wonderful weekend!!

Friday, May 3, 2013

care. . . .

is the challenge at CASology this week. 

Here is my card:

I just got this Hero Arts fancy die and, after several attempts, managed to get it to cut with my Big Shot.  Even with using a cardstock shim, I had to run it back and forth a few times.  Guess I need to invest in a metal shim for these more intricate dies.

Maybe this isn't CAS enough?  There's not much white space; but it is pretty clean otherwise. 

Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

every month. . . .

Deborah Nolan hosts a card chain challenge, open to anyone.  You make a card to send to someone and you get one back from another someone.  Here is the card I made for the April exchange:

It was sent to Pat Crank in Virginia Beach.  I will receive a card from Arlene in California.  It is a lot of fun to get beautiful cards in the mail instead of the usual bills, junk mail and solicitations.

If you would like to participate this month, here is the link to Deborah's blog for all the details of this challenge.

Today is going to be sunny and warm here in Ohio!  Love that we are having some nice weather this week.  Hard to believe some of you are still having snow!!!


Wednesday, May 1, 2013

PARIS. . . .

is said to be a beautiful place in the spring.  I would love to be able to experience this in person; but will have to imagine it for now.  Here is my card for the current Simon Says Stamp and Show challenge.

This pretty stamp is from Stampendous.  I colored in the flowers with Memento markers and then stamped an older Hampton Arts stamp around it to make a subtle background.  Then I used distress inks to color in the whole background, used Tim's distressing tool on the edges and added more distress ink to darken the edges and corner.  The card base was stamped with the same background stamp and the edges of it were distressed also.  A few tiny turquoise gems were added for some sparkle.

Thanks for stopping by.