Saturday, June 29, 2013

patterned paper pads. . . .

are stacking up around here!  I am going to try to use these papers more often to deplete my stash before I purchase more. (they are so addictive!)  

Today I made a card for two challenges:  Simon Says Stamp and Word Art Wednesday.  The theme for both challenges is "anything goes".  Here is my card:

The stamp is from  Annette Allen Watkins and the papers are from the We R Memory Keepers Anthology 6 x 6 pad.  I like the shape of the Labels Fourteen Nestabilities dies.

Have a good weekend.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

magenta. . . .

is a stamp company that has been around for a long time. The first wood mounted stamps that I purchased were made by Magenta.  I just discovered their blog and their June challenge:

Here is the card I am getting in at the very last minute:

This is a Magenta butterfly stamp that I purchased in the year 2000 and the background stamp was purchased in 1999.  I added Stickles gold glitter to jazz it up a bit!

By the way, if you are still interested in following my blog (or blogs) in the future, I am now signed up with Bloglovin' and hope you will follow me over there!!  Google reader is shutting down on July 1st.

Thanks for visiting.

Monday, June 24, 2013

gold embossing. . . .

is one of my favorite things to use for a card.  I decided to use it for Deborah's June CCC card which was sent to Greta Hess  She has let me know she received it, so here it is:

I usually just go with the friendship theme for this challenge because it eliminates a lot of fretting over what to do.  LOL  I do wish I had placed the flower a bit further up on this, but I didn't want to ruin the card by attempting to do so. 

We are having a spell of hot weather (90 degrees or so) this week.  Summer has definitely arrived!


Tuesday, June 18, 2013

just happened to find. . . .

a new challenge blog called Word Art Wednesday and decided to get a quick card made for their current challenge of "anything goes".  Just getting this in under the wire:

Pretty simple card.  The cream cardstock base is a little bit softer than white and I may be using this more and more.  The word stamp is from  Endless Creations and the background and starburst stamps are Hero Arts.

Two posts in one day is not at all "normal" for me!!  Thanks for stopping by.

kraft. . . .

is not the cardstock that I reach for on a routine basis, but it does, indeed, work as a card base for certain designs.  Here is my card for the challenge at Simon Says Stamp and Show this week:

This is the only Tim Holtz blueprint stamp set that I own.  I really liked coloring this with my Inktense pencils, which show up very nicely against the desert storm kraft cardstock from Simon Says Stamp.  The enamel dots were a gift from Lavon and I decided to use those colors for the cupcake.  (Thanks, Lavon!)

Have a good day, my friends.

Friday, June 14, 2013

yellow. . . .

is the cue for Casology this week. 

And, clean and simple with a butterfly is the theme for Flutter by Wednesday.  Here is my card for both challenges:

Memory Box dies, Penny Black Madison paper, Stickles gold glitter and a Hero Arts sentiment were used for this card.  It looks simple, doesn't it??  Well, it took me an hour or more to make it - not so simple!!!  But I do like the end result.

Sorry I've been missing in action the past couple of weeks.  Too much going on and no time to make cards.  I hope your weekend will be a good one!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

masculine. . . .

seems to be the theme for a lot of challenges this month, due to the upcoming Father's Day celebration.  Here is a card I made for my son-in-law's birthday which falls close to, or on, Father's Day each June.

Tom is a car salesman, so this card is very fitting for him.  I used a Stamper's Anonymous image and an Hero Arts sentiment.  The embossing folder is from Sizzix.  It is a very rainy and overcast day here, so please forgive the poor photo!!!  The key has been in my stash for years.

I am entering this card in these challenges:

Simon Say Stamp (masculine/Father'sDay)
A Blog Named Hero (It's a Man's Man's Man'sWorld)
CASology (wheels)

Edit:  Also entering this in:

Die Cut Divas (guys and boys)  thanks, Dawn!

Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

may card chain challenge. . . .

Here is my card for Deborah Nolan's monthly card chain challenge for May:

I was in an ATC swap and made an extra one to use for this card. ( ATC's are the perfect size for a focal point on an A-2 card.)

There was a lot of mixed media used here:

First of all, I made the background by spraying an 8.5 x 11 piece of cardstock with blue and green Dylusions spray inks.  Then, I watered down some white acrylic paint and splattered it on.  When this was dry, I stamped a small flower image using salty ocean distress ink. I was able to cut 10 ATC backgrounds from this one sheet.  

The bird image was cut from a partial sheet of gift wrap that I bought at a barn sale for a quarter.  This cute little chickadee perches on a strip of old sheet music and a piece of German scrap from ArtChix Studio.  The alphabet letter dies are from Memory Box and the tiny butterfly was sent to me by Arlene - thanks, Arlene!  One of the choices Deborah had for the May challenge was to use embossing and I love the colorful ATC popped up on the white embossed card.

This card was sent to Lavon in Illinois.  I hope she likes it!!  If you would like to sign-up for the June card chain challenge, here is the link.  EDITED::  I sent this card to Arlene in California; not Lavon!!  I actually received a wonderful card from Lavon.  Please forgive the mix-up, gals.  :*(

If you are interested in seeing more of my mixed media art, I recently reactivated my first blog and have been posting over there for about a month.   I would love to have you check it out!!