Thursday, October 5, 2017

Halloween Fun

I am not much into Halloween but my grandkids have looked forward to the event each year. I have made fun cards in the past and sent a treat (a few dollars) with their card. As they have gotten older I have not done it in a couple of years. I have one granddaughter going to college in California and her mother told me that Sarah was really into Halloween this year. So, I thought that maybe I could make a couple of mug rugs to send to her along with a card. Got the package in the mail this morning.

I really don't have much Halloween in my supplies, so I chose to go with a pumpkin theme. I made these pumpkins with the Swirly Bird dies and used the traditional black and orange color theme.

For the mug rugs, I purchased two quarter yard pieces of fabric, found some green and black in my scarp bin and made two. The finished size was about 6 x 10-inches. I was pleased with how they turned out. I hope she likes them. I just wanted Sarah to know that we love her and are praying for her each day. I hope these little mats will make her smile.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

SC664 An Early Snowy Morning

Wednesday again. I love to do the sketch challenge at Splitcoast Stampers on Wednesday when I have a chance. So----------

Today's sketch

My card

I stamped the image onto watercolor paper with VersaFine Black Onyx ink and heat embossed it using clear embossing powder. I used my distress ink markers and the aqua brush to add color to the image. For the card base I used a piece of Baja Breeze card stock. I still have a few sheets of this retired color and I still love it. I found the glitter paper at JoAnnn's this past week. It is by core'dinations and so easy to use.

Monday, September 25, 2017


Cards from the Stamp Club meeting on Saturday September 23--

The gals had fun creating their own unique quilt block. This first picture is the card sample that I had made for the class. I purchased the glitter paper at my local JoAnn's store. It worked beautifully. We die cut several different colors and then re-assembled the block using colors of our choice. So much fun!

As I was cleaning up after class, there were lots of little pieces left from the other blocks that had been made. I started putting a block together and this is the resulting card. I love the contrasts between the blue glitter paper and the natural card stock. I know; it looks white in the picture but it is very similar to Stampin' Up's Very Vanilla card stock. This card also uses the new Quilt Top Textured Impressions embossing folder.

The next two cards are very simple.The first card is made using core'dinations card stock . The piece I used was black on one side and a blue on the back side. After embossing the paper using the new Winter Wonder embossing folder from Stampin' Up, I sanded the embossed image lightly. I just wanted to take off enough of the black so that the blue would show through. This is a very simple technique that acheives very pretty results.

The next picture shows the card that most of the gals made. Only half of the image is embossed which leaves room to add embellishments and a sentiment. The smallest snow flake was cut from the Stampin' Up's thinlet die set called "Swirly Snowflakes".

This last 4 1/4 inch square card is the 9-patch quilt block. It is  made using 1 1/4 inch squares from two different sheets of card stock. After glueing the squares together on a piece of white card stock and getting the piece trimmed, it was embossed using the "Quilt Top" embossing folder. Love that pretty quilted texture. Note: I made this card last year for a group of friends that I quilt with. They loved it.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Christmas Quilt

Sometime it is fun to create a project that really is not the traditional way of doing things. Example--making quit blocks out of paper instead of fabric. That is what I did the last few days. I was able to pre-order the Christmas Quilt Bundle from Stampin' Up a few weeks ago. Last week I had a few days to try it out. This is my latest project. The picture is not the greatest because of the reflections on the glass, but I didn't want to take it apart because it is tricky to get back together.

I used glitter paper that I purchased from JoAnn's and it worked beautifully. I had seen a few pictures on Pinterest using four blocks to create a larger unit. Finding square picture frames is a bit of a challenge. Here, I used an 8" x 8" frame that I found at JoAnn's. It turned out to be a perfect fit. I was wondering -- Could I create blocks that would represent all four seasons for the year?

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Baby Card in Plaid

Monday I did a CAS challenge with the theme "Mad about Plaid". I needed a card this morning for a baby shower. The couple is not telling if the baby is a boy or girl. As I was thinking about the card I needed to make, my thoughts returned to the card that I made on Monday. I loved the color. The plaids and polka dots together were so pretty, and I had lots of paper still left. So all I really needed to do was change the image. I remembered a stamp set that I have from Gina K Designs That would be just perfect. So, now it is time for me to show you a picture-----

I stamped the image on watercolor paper with VersaFine Black Onyx ink and heated embossed it with clear fine detailed embossing power. Using my distress ink markers and aqua painted I watercolored the image and cut out several layers using my Spellinder dies. I was pleased with the result and happy to give the card to the expectation mother.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Eight-Point Quilt Block

I finally got a chance to try out the new "Quilt Builder Framelites Dies" this evening. I am so excited about the possibilities. I cut out four sets in four different colors then I re-assembled the pieces in different color combinations. Here is a picture of my finished card. Of course I had to add in some black. Pink with black is one of my favorite color combinations.

The four colors I used were black, Pink Pirouette, Rose Red and a pink I found that was just a little bit darker than Pretty In Pink. I created several layers which I really love. The sentiment is  from a retired set called "Three Little Words".  So perfect for what I wanted to do. The words on the inside say "thanks so much".

I  put together two other pieces. Just don't have the cards finished yet. Love how there are so many ways to put the quilt blocks back together. Each one becomes so unique.

Love the saying that comes with the coordinating stamp set "Christmas Quilt"--

When life gives you scraps,
make a quilt.


Today's challenge--

For today's card, I used a stamp from the "Peaceful Petals" set from Stampin' Up. Used Memento Tuxedo Black ink on white card stock, then colored the image with Stampin' Up's watercolor pencils. The Card base is Daffodil Delight. Marina Mist, used to highlight my image, goes well with the Pacific Point polka dots. For layers 4 and 5, I used ribbon and a bow also in the Marina Mist color. As always, I loved working with this sketch.

Weekly Favorite at SCS for week ending September 16, 2017

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

A One Sheet Wonder Set

This morning as I was looking on Facebook I came across a video and as I followed the link back to the original blog post, I fell in love with the cards. I had to try casing this set of cards.

I found some cardstock that was very close to the Wisteria Wonder from Stampin' Up. Then I took a 6" x 6" piece of designer series paper from the new Delightful Daisy package. Cut it following the layout and created my cards.

The sentiment is from the Stampin' Up set called "Peaceful Petals". Then I used a stamp from my new set "Labels To Love", stamped it with Wisteria Wonder ink and punched it out with the coordinating punch.

Only one problem.When I looked at the last card, I realized that I had not been as careful as I should have been. This designer series paper had a "nap" to it just as corduroy or velvet, and I got this one upside down. Can't change it now.

Monday, September 11, 2017

CAS446 -- "Mad for Plaid"

"Mad for Plaid" was today's CAS challenge. So many ideas started going through my head. I started to do a navy and white color combination but that idea changed quickly when I saw this paper. I had purchased the Coordination paper at JoAnn's just a couple of weeks ago. I believe there were four different designs per color. I wanted to see what I could do with it.

Pool Party card stock went well with the designer paper. I used a very simple design because I wanted the paper to stand out. To make the daisy, I used the Stampin' Up set "Delightful Daisy", Pool Party ink to stamp the flower and the coordinating punch to cut it out. I found some enamel dots that were a good match so I used them to add a little accent.

Weekly Favorite for week ending Sept 16, 2017

Friday, September 8, 2017

Give Thanks

My Thanksgiving Card--

I wanted to make a fall card.The pumpkins were made using an oval punch for the ones in the background and a circle punch for the one in front. The card stock was a yellow gold that I found at a garage sale some years ago for less than 50 cents for a large stack. After punching each piece, I sponged the edges with Cajun Craze ink. The card base is Cajun Craze. Crumb Cake card stock was embossed to create the brick wall. Before cutting the leaves, I sponged the cardstock with ink. I used the small maple leaf die from the new Stampin' Up thinlet set called "Seasonal Layers". The sentiment is from a retired Stampin' Up set called "Holiday Best".