Wednesday, March 25, 2020

March Rudolph Days

Here is my entry for the Scrappymos March Rudolph Days challenge. This will be a quick post as our internet is not very stable so I will rush through it.

I used Cutplorations dies for the tree and the sentiment. And, the frame is from Impression Obsession. The card stock and pattern paper is from Gina K. Designs and the silver glitter card stock is from Crafter's Companion.

Thanks for stopping by and we are doing well yet. Hang in there everyone and stay healthy!

God bless,

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Easter Cross Card

I finally got back to some card making and so I made four Easter cards similar to this one. I used a digital image from the Church Sympathy set from Jan's Digitals. Instead of placing a sentiment inside the oval design I added a die cut cross from gold mirror card stock which was one of three in the set I got from Impression Obsession.  And the sentiments I added were from Gina K. Designs.

This time using that pre-colored digital oval design with the flowers I turned it upside down before adding the cross die. I like it that way too.

I am entering this in Jan's Digital Challenge #10-Anything Goes.

Now on a personal note: The reason I have been missing in action is that we had a pipe break under the kitchen sink. We had water in the kitchen area and also in the basement. So that meant shutting off water to those areas and trying to locate repairs for it. This called for a trip to town as we did not have the things on hand to fix it so hubby took a risk and sought out supplies to fix it. He worked two days on getting it done and it was a really hard job to do by oneself. He thought about getting a plumber but since he was home bound more he figured he could do it alone. And, he did but we still have one more issue. We do not have our drinking water reverse osmosis system working now so that means a repair guy will be coming later this week to work on that. But we have some bottled water we can drink and for cooking we are using the soft water. It will get us by.

So some cleaning got done whether we had planned on it or not. With so much water it took quite a bit of time. It leaked in the basement onto some old clothes saved for a lady who wanted to make rugs and also onto the tread mill. So that tread mill is unplugged and going to be allowed to dry out well before resuming use of it. We still have the bicycle to pedal at least which is not something that is plugged into electricity.

So just in case you wondered why I was missing in action that is the reason. I did manage to get several cards written and sent out though to people I thought would like to be encouraged and cheered during this health crisis. My sister is still in the hospital as her legs still are not working too well. She might go to a nursing home but then again she may just stay there because  there are the most cases of Covid-19 in their town in South Dakota. She is doing okay so far as that threat goes. We had hoped she would be going to her own home soon too. I feel that might be the best place for her.

Well, everyone stay healthy. I think I will get some bread flour out of the freezer and warm it up and try to bake some bread one of these days. I keep it in the freezer to keep it fresh longer. I just hope my yeast is still good enough to get it to rise. We might end up with hard tack bread like in the old west  days. Haha!

Take care and God bless,

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Tulip Tag

I don't often make tags and if it had not been for a challenge to do so I most likely would not have made one. So I hope I pulled off a nice looking tag with the stamps and dies I used for it. When I bought the tulip vase stamp set I did not realize what a huge stamp it was so therefore only a portion of the design shows on the tag. But it still is a good representation of Spring.

I used the biggest of the luggage tags from Cutplorations (from Stamplorations line) and added the tulip design from the Stamplorations Layered Vase set. When I stamped the solid parts of the tulip I realized that there was a fine line crease along the edges of the tag and therefore the stamping did not take hold in those places. So I went and took a marker which matched the colors and colored over those solid parts. The sentiment is also from the same stamp set. I wanted a bit more detail so I took a black marker and decided to doodle on a simple dotted look close to the edge. I also brushed on some blue inside the tag and around the outer portion brushed on some pink. The last addition was some ribbon I had in my stash.

I am entering this in the following challenges:
Mod Squad Challenge-Project
Double D Challenge-Welcome Spring

A cloudy and dreary day here with some rain and snow mix coming down. A good day to stay inside. I hope your day and week has gone well and that all of you are still healthy. Until next time, take care!

God bless,

Hello Spring

More and more it is starting to seem more Springlike but later tonight we are to get snow again. But even with the snow I still can see the signs of Spring everywhere. We got to 50 degrees yesterday. So with the thoughts of Spring in mind I brought out a recent acquisition die from Cottage Cutz which is a wonderful little scene design. I used it on this card.

I die cut the design out from white card stock and then colored in all the details with my Bic, Sharpies and Crafters Companion mix of markers. Once I had it all colored I added it to a white card stock which was brushed with color and then to the card base. Then I die cut a frame from Impression Obsession with pink card stock and placed that around the scene. The last element I used on the card was to stamp a sentiment from the Flower Pots stamp set from Impression Obsession.

I am entering this in the following challenges:
Double D Challenge-Welcome Spring
Dies R Us Challenge #141-Things With Wings

Thanks for stopping in and I love the social interaction we get by sharing our card designs. Hugs to all of you.

God bless,

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Digital Sympathy Card

I seem to be needing more and more sympathy cards these days and so with the help of the Jan's Digtital Church Sympathy set I made another one using one of the designs from it. I sort of got the oval a bit out of sync from the original but I still think it worked out well. I cut it out by hand and then combined it with some yellow gingham paper. I am just so enjoying making use of that paper. I hoarded it for way too long.

That beautiful sentiment is also included with the set. And again I chose to use the pre-colored design for the card.

I am entering this card in the Jan's Digi Challenge #10-Anything Goes.

Thanks for the visit and stay healthy everyone.

God bless,

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Lots of Layers

Normally I am not a card maker that uses a lot of layers but since the challenge at the Artsystamper Digitals Challenge #12 called for Lots of Layers I decided to oblige. And for this card I also used a photograph of some alcohol ink paper I had made and took photos of  years ago. I am glad I did  because it will come in handy for making cards digitally. I thought it looked pretty with the pre-colored waterlilies images in the Artsystamper Koi Pond set.

I combined the alcohol ink background with some bright pink card stock to create more layers. Then after I fussy cut out the waterlilies I arranged them in layers also on the top panel. The sentiment is also from the same stamp set.

I took quite a bit of time to make this as using layers is not my usual mode of card making. I cut the layers out with my paper cutter and forego using any dies this time.

Thanks for the visit and enjoy staying isolated more in your homes. We are so lucky we have a hobby that can occupy us when we are away from the outside world. Stray healthy.

God bless all of you,

Monday, March 16, 2020

Easter Joy

My original intention was to make Christmas cards but then I realized I did not have enough Easter cards made for my shut-in ministry so I worked on an Easter card instead. I used all dies on my card which was backed up with a background made with my blending brushes and a variety of ink brands.

The dies used for this card are one of three crosses from the Impression Obsession Cross die set. And, I also used a couple cuttings of the Impression Obsession Songbird Branch set. And, the finishing touch was to add the sentiment Easter Joy which is also from Impression Obsession.

I used gold mirror card stock for the cross and the branches were die cut from white card stock and then colored with a mix of my Bic and Crafter's Companion alcohol ink pens. The sentiment was just die cut with black card stock.

I love this cross die and when I recently won a gift code to Impression Obsession this was one of the dies I chose to spend it on. The empty cross to me symbolizes that our Lord Jesus lives! And because He lives we know that we too will be with Him in Heaven one day if we believe. I think Easter is my favorite holiday because of this.

I am entering this in the Dies R Us Challenge #141-Things With Wings.

On a personal note my oldest sister was hospitalized yesterday with Influenza B and pneumonia and I spent a lot of my night in prayer that the Lord would watch over her. Well today her daughter messaged me that she has much improved and if all goes well she will be able to go back to her home in a couple days. She is 88 years old so it was of course a concern due to her age. But even if the Lord did say her time on earth was done I know she was ready and would be just fine. That was a comfort to me too.

I hope all of you are staying healthy and that we all do our part to take care with our normal routines and keep the safe distancing practice and the washing of hands. The schools here are closed and lots of businesses are trying to provide for their employees. If you want to eat out it is recommended you do" take out" or "drive though". But for us we mainly will just stay home more. Anyway, take care everyone.

God bless you,

March Rudolph Days

Here is my entry for the Scrappymos  March Rudolph Days challenge . This will be a quick post as our internet is not very stable so I will r...