Tuesday, January 16, 2018

From My Heart

Valentine's Day is less than a month away. I thought that we would make a Valentine card in our class on Saturday. I was also looking for a way to use my new stamp set called "Beautiful Bouquet". This is such a pretty set and I had not had the opportunity to use it. As I was looking on Pintrest for inspiration, I ran across a simple but very pretty card. My card is a CASE of that card that you can see here.

The stems are from the "Beautiful Bouquet" set. The heart stamp is from the set called "Banner Blast". When I stamped the heart, I had a hard time getting it to stamp solid. I just left it. When I was all finished, I went over each heart with my "Wink of Stella" pen. That spread the ink color around just enough that it created a very pretty effect. My accent color was Cherry Cobbler--such a beautiful, rich red.

For my bow, I used some white  twine that had been on clearance and colored it with my "Cherry Cobbler" reinker. That is such a cool way of getting the color needed. It's just a little bit messy. Especially when working the "red".

Monday, January 15, 2018

Happy New Year

With this first post of 2018, I would like to wish each one a "Happy New Year". It seems like Parkinson's Disease is taking more and more of our time. My husband is needing more help with doing everyday activities. When I am under a lot of stress, I find it almost impossible to be creative. In the last week, I have made a few cards. I CASE'd a couple of cards and that seemed to help. I also have a class that will be meeting on Saturday. I think I know where I am going with that.

Now I would like to share my cards with you. Being a Stampin' Up demonstrator, I was able to preorder some of the new stamp sets from the new Occassions Catalog which went live On January 3.

I fell in love with the new set called "Hold On To Hope". This first card is one that I CASE'd. I used different colors and different designer series paper. Here is the original card. I found the designer series paper in my stash and it then became my inspiration for the other colors which are Stampin' Up So Saffron and Cajun Craze.

This next card just happened. I wanted to try the Stampin' Up embossing paste. I had also read that you could color the paste by adding ink to the plastic stencil before spreading the embossing paste. The card stock I used was SU Crumb Cake. I then added Soft Suede ink onto the stencil and then spread the embossing paste. Worked beautifully. I then wanted to try coloring the floral stamp with markers. Using my Misti, I colored the stamp in several steps. First Old Olive, next Marina Mist and lastly Rich Razzleberry. I then used the coordinating die to cut the image. I used Basic Black for the cross, Crumb Cake for the card base and Rich Razzleberry for the accent color.

This last card was also a CASE from Pinterest from here. It is a simple card but oh so pretty.

Monday, December 18, 2017

It's Christmas Time

Christmas time is almost here. It has always been one of my favorite times of the year. My family is in Tennessee and our kids live in Chicago and Cincinnati. We will celebrate with our church family mostly. I have just about got all my Christmas cards done. It seems like it is always a mad dash to the finish line for me. I wanted to share some of the cards that I made.

This first card was made from a sketch that I used in a class earlier of this year. The designer paper is from Graphic 45. I used a piece of both sides on the card. Red and yellow card stock became my accent colors.

This next card is a CASE from one I saw on Pinterest. Here is a link the one I saw on Splitcoaststampers. It really caught my attention since I have both of the Memory Box dies used on the card. Instead of using the lighter blue card stock, I used Pacific Pointe card stock. It sure does come together quickly.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Party Time

Tomorrow night is our Stamp Club's annual Christmas Dinner. We will meet at Olive Garden for a fun evening and a time of sharing. We will do a "Christmas Tag Swap" and a Christmas card swap.

This is my Christmas gift tag for this year.

This is my card for the card swap.

And this if a small favor that I made to go by each person's place. 

 They were so much fun to make.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Finished Table Runner and Topper

Finished up the table runner and table topper this past week end. I am still in love with this fabric. The measurement of this one 16" x 40".


This one measures 28" x 28".

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Christmas Quilt

Sewing/quilting is my other love. Over the years I have made quilts, table runners, placemats, tote bags, etc. For the past 10 years I have taken something hand made to our Parkinson's Support Group's Christmas Auction, This year I took two table runners and three sets/boxes of greeting cards. Now I wanted to do something that would be mine. Selfish? Maybe.

Back in June, while visiting "Quilts at the Marshall House" in Marshall, Michigan I saw this Christmas panel that I fell in love with on the spot. I brought one panel. They had only one coordinating fabric to go with the panel. I got 2 yards. A few weeks later, while in Frankenmuth, I discovered that there were other fabrics in the family called "Forever Green" by Moda. I visited Missouri Star Quilt Company's web site and found that they had just about all of the different fabrics. I placed an order and ended up with a number of half yard pieces. I knew that I wanted to make a wall hanging and maybe some table runners. It took me longer to find a pattern than it took to finally make the wall hanging. Yesterday, November 20, I finished the quilt and got it hung in my living room. Now I have a spot that I can hang other quilts in the future.

And I still have enough fabric left for those table runners.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Sewing Project Just Finished

I love creating cards but I also enjoy creating things with fabric and my sewing machine. Just finished a new bag for myself.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Into The Forest

"Into the Forest" is today's CAS challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers. This challenge was the motivation that I needed to try to make the card that has been playing around in my imagination for several weeks.

After breakfast one morning at Cracker Barrel, I saw this wooden plaque that really caught my attention. Right away I could tell that it was going to be the perfect inspiration for a special Christmas card. I did not get a good picture because, at the time, there were lots of things in front of it.

The card was perfect for today's challenge. 

The card basically used dies. The trees are from Impression Obsession. The deer is from Memory Box (I think). The larger stars were made using a punch, and the tiny stars were cut from a new Stampin' Up die in the set called "Card Front Builder Thinlet Dies".I was hoping that the small tree and the tiny stars would add depth to the picture. For the background I used Night of Navy card stock. For the die cuts I used a beautiful glitter card stock from Core'dinations. The greeting is from the Our Daily Bread Designs set called "Luke 2:11" which was heat embossed with silver embossing powder.

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Friday, November 3, 2017

Two New Sets

Our Parkinson's Support Group Christmas auction is coming  up in a couple of weeks. I am making some sets of greeting cards to put in the auction. I think that these are the last two one sheet wonder sets that I will be making. They are all from the same pad of designer paper. (The other set of cards was posted on October 25.) I will put six cards in each box -- two cards from each set.

A card is a hug with a fold in the middle.
Send someone a hug today.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge

This month's challenge for the Create, Challenge, Encourage stamp club was a "Tic-Tac-Toe" challenge. You pick three things that are in a row, either across, down or diagonally, to use on your card. I chose the last row going down for my card.

My blue color was Night of Navy. I used a scalloped punch and navy and white checked ribbon. Two stamps sets were used. The first stamp was from the set called  "Thoughts and Prayers". I would have to say that this stamp set is a real classic. It has been around since the summer of 2009. The sentiment comes from a new set called "Beautiful Bouquet". I would also say that this card fits in the category called "Clean and Simple".

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