Sunday, January 21, 2018

Strawberry Circle

I ran across a digital image I had gotten from Sparkle N Sprinkle a long time ago of a strawberry design. So today I colored up that image and made a quick card with it. I think it can be found on the Sweet Strawberries digital set or if preferred a rubber set as well.

I used a NBUS die called Lg. Flourish Background by Impression Obsession. I was so happy as it cut out perfectly. And, the strawberries were die cut with a circle die from Gina Marie Designs. My strawberries design was colored with Copics. I also used a little white paint pen to add the seeds to the strawberries. Inside the card I added a panel of white card stock so that I could stamp or write a message. LOL Now I am hungry for a strawberry.

Thanks for the visit. I enjoyed this little bit of card making and I hope your afternoon is going well too.

God bless,

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Rainbow Hearts

My last order with Gina K. Designs entitled me to the free incentive stamp set and today I used it for a quick note card of encouragement and kindness for a friend who is searching for her biological family. I wanted her to know I wished her luck and was supportive of her journey. The Gina K. Designs stamp set is called You Got Me.

I colored directly onto the solid hearts image with my Tombows and did a rainbow of colors. The sentiment was stamped with Versafine Black ink. Once I had my design stamped I simply die cut it with a Cottage Cutz double stitched rectangle die and then mounted it to a black layer of card stock. I on purpose added this panel in a wonky position onto the Gina K. Designs Dusty Rose card stock.

I cannot imagine how frustrating it might be to know that perhaps you might have extended family out there somewhere. I thought this sentiment was one that would be awesome for someone who is searching for answers of that type. Also for someone who is doing a genealogy search.

I am entering this in the Mod Squad Blog Challenge where the theme is Rainbows.

Thanks for your visits and I love all the wonderful comments you leave too.

God bless,

Kitchen Is The Heart of the Home

The title for this blog post is what the Double D Challenge is all about and so I had to find something to depict that. How lucky I was that for my 70th birthday I was given a few die cuts all ready for me to use and one of them was this very pretty heart patterned apron design. What could be better! I am also making it a birthday card for my oldest sister who was born the day after Valentine's Day and who is a real sweetheart. She had a long career as a cook for various homes for children who had a troubled life. She not only fed them great food but she also gave them lots of great advice and love. I had already made  up my mind to use this die for her card and so I was glad it fit in the challenge at Double D's too.

The apron and mitten die are from the Sue Wilson Designs-Necessities Collection. I don't know who made the heart filled pattern paper but the polka dotted green paper is from My Favorite Things. I also used a rectangle die from My Favorite Things Di-namics using the Blueprints 29 set. The Dusty Rose card base is from Gina K. Designs. I added some button brads from Eyelet Outlet and also some white ribbon from an unknown source for the neck area and for the ties. The sentiment was from Gina K. Designs and after stamping it I hand cut out a tag to place behind the bib of the apron.

I am so happy as to how this turned out and I hope my big sister will love it too when I send it to her in February. I just love that rainbow of hearts on that paper too and hopefully, I will find some similar or just like it for more great card making.

I am also adding this to the Mod Squad Blog Challenge in which the theme is rainbows. That meant we could make a rainbow or use a rainbow of colors and I think this qualifies for that too.

Thanks so much for visiting. It has been a fun week and I am happy I got to spread my wings a bit doing some unfamiliar things. Tomorrow is a checkup day at the foot doctor so no doubt I won't be crafting that much. So I hope you have a great rest of today and in the upcoming weekend.

God bless,

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Animation Card

I told myself that this year I hoped to move out of my comfort zone a bit and try some new things. Well one thing I wanted to try was making an animation card. I got very enthused when I saw  Karen Hasheck's video she posted on her You Tube Channel.  So I ordered myself one set of the Uchi Designs stamp sets and one of their grid dies. Well, after much trial and error I finally got a card made that I thought turned out quite well. But for some reason I had issues with the grid die and so I am glad the one grid I got made successfully was able to be used in this card. One can buy the grids all done too and if I continue to have issues die cutting them I may just resort to buying ones already made. Anyway, here is what my first attempt (nope second or third) looks like.

And I am no Karen Hasheck by any means but I am so thrilled I got at least one of the tries at making an animation card end up looking half way decent. I had to make my own frame and I used the Memory Box Cross Stitched Border dies for that. I also used some heart dies which were included in the Gina K. Designs oval set. I cut the hearts from Stampin' Up! glitter paper and the frame was cut from an older set of Gina K. Designs pattern paper of which I have no idea the name of that pack was. I think it is discontinued too. And, the card stock is from Gina K. Designs as well.  To each heart I added a little yellow rhinestone. And, the pull tab was made with a circle punch. I folded a piece of the pattern paper in two and then punched the circle leaving a bit of the folded edge intact so that I could just add the front and back of the folded tab over the end of the stamped panel inside the grid.

Here is a different view of the card and I think you can see how the picture changes. I don't know how to do a video so this is as close as I can get to letting you see the animation.

I also added a sheet of yellow card stock inside the card for my message. This is technically images from the Uchi's Design Birthday set but I think it could be used for a valentine as well with all those hearts. The only thing indicating it is a birthday is that the bear is wearing a party hat. I am sure this card will be going to a grandchild some time during the year as it will work for a boy or girl.

Well, that is my offering for today. I am going to try this again soon but I put so much into making this one that I am going to put it aside for now. I think I got more of the hang of it now so that is good. Perseverance sometimes pays off.

I am entering this in the Dies R Us Challenge #89-Kid's Kards. I used my favorite Memory Box Cross Stitched Border Die, Gina K. Designs heart dies and the Uchi's Design grid die.

I hope your week is a wonderful one so far and that you are managing to have some creative fun too. Thanks for the visits and comments. I love them.

God bless,

Monday, January 15, 2018


I sure don't care for Mondays that have no mail. It is such a let down not to get at least something in the mail and especially when I know some stamping goodies are on the way. But I guess that still means I can play anyway and so today I made two more cards using feathers. This is for Darnell's new Twofer Card Challenge #1-Feathers which I think is such a fun challenge. I try to at least make one of my cards a bit outside of the box and I think I accomplished that this time too.

And I am proud to say I used some NBUS (Never Before Used Schtuff) which is a phrase that Darnell coined. I know I have quite a supply of unused goodies so this time I used the Tim Holtz Bird Crazy and Dies sets and also the Tim Holtz Crazy Talk stamp set. That has wonderful sentiments and they work for all year around too.

The first card is just using the tail feathers of the bird image. I used some Tombow markers to add color directly to the stamp by just coloring the tail feathers in various shades and stamped them onto a white card stock strip for the flowers. I then took the Tombow markers and hand drew the stems and leaves. This was then added to a black panel in which I used a Fiskers decorative scissors to cut the scalloped edges. I added a gingham ribbon and then placed it on the A2 size white card base The last step was to add the sentiment in Versafine black ink.

This card used a leftover piece of Color Burst paper that I had done quite some time ago. It was cut in a circle using the Cottage Cutz double stitched circle die and then I also cut another larger circle from the same set in black. These were layered together and since I already had the gingham ribbon handy I added some of that. My bird was stamped on white card stock and then I colored it in with Tombow markers before die cutting it. This bird was then popped up over the edge of the circle. The last step was to add the sentiments.

Well, now that was fun! I thank Darnell so much for coming up with a challenge that makes us look twice at our stamps and maybe find a way to get more mileage out of them. I hope you look your stamps over and see if you can find fun ways of using them in a different way too.

Thanks for all the visits and comments. Stamping hugs to all of you.

God bless,

Blogger Commenting

I have noticed lately that trying to leave a blogger comment on blogs that have their comment section embedded is taking quite a long time. They work but I have to sit and wait. However, when there is a pop up window they go through just as fast as before. I was wondering if anyone else was having issues?

I checked my settings and saw on my blog that I have a pop up window used so I am hoping no one has the same issues with commenting on my blog. I like to comment on a lot of people's blogs so this is frustrating to me when it takes so long.

Well, just thought I would ask and see what you were experiencing. Thanks in advance for your answers. Other than that I hope all have a great week.

God bless,

Friday, January 12, 2018

Laying It Out Both Ways

I played with the Boho Flowers from Gina K. Designs again today and had fun using the stamps and dies from that set to make three cards for different occasions but which have a similar design. I also went with different colors for each.

I  used Gina K. Designs Small and Large Rectangle Dies and a rectangle die that goes well with them from Cottage Cutz. The sentiments used on these cards are also from the Boho Flowers stamp set. I really like those flowers and they work great to just stamp with a colorful ink and then die cut and assemble them. These are easy and fun to do. I popped the flowers up on each of them.

I used Memento inks for the leaves and flowers and for the sentiments I went with Versafine black ink. The card stock is all from Gina K. Designs.

Well, this was the way I spent my afternoon. I am so glad I am finally using that stamp set. I love the designs.

Thanks for your visit and for saying such lovely things always. And have a great weekend. It seems that Friday rolls around so fast every week. But after a slow start I guess I did accomplish some card making after all.

God bless,

Strawberry Circle

I ran across a digital image I had gotten from Sparkle N Sprinkle a long time ago of a strawberry design. So today I colored up that image a...