Tuesday, October 29, 2013

one layer wednesday. . . .

is calling for cards with orange on them:

These stamps are from Hero Arts and were colored with Prismacolor pencils.  I made this a smaller card - 4 x 4 1/4 inches.  Go to Karen's blog to check out this fun challenge.

Have a great day!

Monday, October 28, 2013

autumn. . . .

is really the prettiest season, isn't it?  Even though I am not excited to welcome the long winter months, I do love these beautiful fall days.  Here is a card I made for a couple of challenges:

The stamps are from Flourishes.  I used Prismacolor pencils to color the images and added some black and white twine.  The Less is More challenge is to use twine for a CAS card.  I am also entering this card in the City Crafter challenge which calls for pumpkins on the card.

Thanks for visiting my blog and for all of your sweet comments.

Friday, October 25, 2013

orange, purple and black. . . .

for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge:

The leaves are Tim's tattered leaves die, the sentiment is from Impression Obsession and the faint background leaf stamp is from Hero Arts.  (I glued two of the small ones together and popped it up for a bit of dimension in the middle.) 

To make the leaves, I used the sponge applicator tool to apply distress inks (spiced marmalade, ripe persimmon and tea dye) to white cardstock.  Then I die cut the leaves.  Added walnut stain around the edges.  Using the applicator tool, I tapped just the edge of it on the walnut pad and then made some marks on the leaves for the veins.  Some flicks of water added more distressing to the leaves.  A narrow strip was trimmed from the bottom front of the card and black cardstock was added to the bottom inside.

Thanks for visiting and welcome to the new followers of my blog!  Have a great weekend.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

another Christmas card. . . .

for my collection.  I loved this Hero Arts stamp set when it came out last year, but didn't get it.  Found it at Michael's on sale a month or so ago - yippee!  Of course the matching dies were not with it, but it is actually very easy to cut out:

I used Penny Black's Madison paper pad and a cuttlebug embossing folder. Some red Stickles glitter glue for the berries and I added a Starburst glitter pen over the green and red colored portions.  Very hard to see in a photo.

I will send this to the current Hero Arts challenge.

Hope your day is a good one.  It is a chilly fall day in Ohio, but the sun is shining and that makes it better for me.  :)

Monday, October 21, 2013

my first Christmas card. . . .

for this year:

I used an older Hero Arts stamp set for this one, with some Basic Gray patterned paper and a pretty snowflake sticker from my stash.  I am going to try to make a variety of cards this year and use up some of the things I already have in my supplies.  This one will be entered in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

Hope your day is a good one.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

an autumn birthday card. . . .

for my son:

I love fall and the beautiful colors to be seen everywhere you look this time of year.  I made the background of this card using distress inks spritzed with water on a craft sheet. The trees were heat embossed.  This is one of my favorite tree stamps - I have quite a few in my collection.

We had a lovely trip to North Carolina.  Lots of eating, shopping, eating, visiting and, did I mention eating?  I don't think I need to eat anything for at least a month!

Thanks for stopping by.

Sending this card over to Word Art Wednesday.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

more dots and a photo share. . . .

one more thank you card and entry for the SSS Wednesday challenge blog:

I used the same MME 6x6 Market pad for this card and only one stamp from the Hero Arts many thanks stamp set.  I love polka dots and this paper has some pretty designs on some of the sheets that are easy to incorporate into a card.  The Prima flower is actually the same color as the dots but didn't photograph as such!  :(

Last week, I drove to Parkersburg WV to have a pajama party with three gals who graduated with me from high school.  Two of them drove from VA and the other was gracious enough to have us as her guests.

The others had been there since Sunday and I arrived on Tuesday. (I'm the only one who no longer colors her hair!)   We drove to a very nice outlet mall for the day and then back to Barb's house for an evening of sharing memories, photos and lots of laughs!!  I had not seen these gals for at least 25 years, and it just seemed like we picked up where we left off so many years ago!  We stayed up late and woke up to the smell of bacon.  After a very hearty breakfast we loaded up our cars and headed back home.  This was such a fun event and we are planning another for the same time next year.  BTW:  We graduated in 1956!!  Yes, I am ancient. . .

Have a good day and I'll see you again in a week or so!

a few dots. . . .

for the current Simon Says Wednesday Challenge blog:

I need several thank you cards, so I am trying to get them done before I leave for North Carolina.  If you watched Vicky's video on Sunday, this card was inspired by her card.  I really liked her design and wanted to try to make one in a similar way.  The patterned paper is from MME's 6x6 Market pad.  There are some tiny dots in the paper used for the frame and the leaves were paper pieced with the same paper.  The flowers were stamped on a semi-solid sheet of this paper and I added some extra color with a Prismacolor pencil here and there.

Thanks for visiting!

Monday, October 7, 2013

hello. . . .

Finally found some time to make a card or two!  My life has been very busy for a month or so.  And, I will be leaving this week for a short trip to North Carolina, so my blog will be dormant again for awhile!!  Anyway, here is a card I made for the My Favorite Things weekly sketch challenge:

And, here is the sketch.  I took some liberty with my interpretation of it but I do like the way it turned out.

The WCMD frenzy was quite the event, wasn't it??  I didn't actually make any cards but took some time to check out a few of the sites that were participating.  Fun!

Have a great day. . .