Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Welcome Spring!

Happy first day of Spring to all of you. I know I have been looking forward to this day. And, in honor of this occasion we have been getting rain and snow overnight and this morning. But now the sun is shining. But that is pretty typical of Spring weather.

I am not much for using digital images mainly because I am not very efficient trying to make them work for me. But when I recently won three files from The Cutting Cafe I picked out one that would work for my Easter cards by using the Easter 1 set. So the Easter cards I will be featuring in the next few days will show backgrounds and images from that set. I picked out only printable sets as I cannot do cut files but if you can, Regina Easter has lots of those in her shop too!

The background is one of those printable ones from the Easter 1 set and I used Zig markers mixed with water to color it. I just took a folded piece of wax paper, scribbled on the colors I wanted and then spritzed them with water to get a more washed out look. This way when I painted the design it had more pastel colors. I picked out scraps of card stock that went with my water colored background to add layers to the design.

I die cut the Die-namites die called Spring Bunny with white for the top layer and then added it to a piece of lavender card stock which I just fussy cut out. After assembling everything I finished the card by adding some green rhinestones.

Well, I thank you for the visit and I hope your day is going great. I want to get my Easter cards in the mail soon so thought I best photograph and blog about them before they are sent off. Let's hope I don't eat too many of the props too! LOL

God bless,

Monday, March 19, 2018

More Faux No Line Work

Today was a mixed up mess due to circumstances with a delayed noon meal so that by the time I got my dishes done it was almost mid afternoon. But I did manage to try another attempt at the faux no line technique that I told you about yesterday. I found this more complicated floral design looks nice  doing it the same way. Remember you used copy paper and stamp your design with Memento black ink on that and then turn it over and color it with alcohol ink markers. This time I used the Copics. And as in both cases of my using the Zig markers yesterday and the Copics today I sometimes had to do several applications to get the right look.

I did make a mistake though by having the blooms go two different directions. I think if I had them going the same way it would have looked better. I used the flower from the Gina K. Designs Through Thick & Thin set and the sentiment was from the Gina K. Designs Dogwood and Butterfly set.

Once I had my design colored I then cut it out with a Unbranded Scalloped Stitch Rectangle Die from Cheapo Dies. I also used dies from the same set to make a frame by placing two of the dies together and then cutting them out from the Cranberry Tart card stock. Everything was then added to a white card base and the last thing added was three clear rhinestone gems. Oh, I also used a bit of white paint pen to add more dimension to the center of the flowers and also a darker green pen to add more of the highlights to the leaves too. The flowers I pretty much left as they were.

I am entering this card into the Dies R Us Challenge #93-Frame It.

I tell you this is really fun to do and since my eyesight is not as good as it used to be I find this a much easier way to do a no line look on images. I hope more of you will try it as well. Thanks to Melanie Muenchinger for coming up with this idea. I posted her video on the previous blog post so if you want you can go there and check it out.

Thanks for the visit and have a great evening. I love to read your comments too.

God bless,

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Faux No Line Coloring With Alcohol Markers

Hi Everyone. I hope your Sunday is going great. This afternoon I decided to make a confirmation card as we are needing one really soon for a friend of ours. And, since Melanie Muenchinger made a video on how to do faux no line coloring I had to try it out. HERE is the link to her video as she can do a much better job of explaining it then I can. And, the kicker is that you use simple printer paper and alcohol markers only.

I am afraid my work is not quite up to par compared to Melanie's but I think overtime I will do better. I did not use my Copics but instead used Zig Marker pens which are also an alcohol ink marker. But next time I will use the Copics and see if I get better results that way. Also I will not add a blue outline around the flowers. I was not going to post this as it was not quite what I wanted but maybe if someone else can learn from what I did wrong it might be worth sharing.

The flower image is from the Gina K. Designs Whimsical Spring set and the sentiment is from the Gina K. Designs Sentimental Calla Lily stamp set. I die cut the white focal panel with a Cottage Cutz Double Stitched Border die. It was layered onto a blue panel which I cut out by hand. I also used a white Uni Posca paint pen to add some white to the center of the flowers. And the finishing touch was to add some blue rhinestone gems. Inside I added a My Favorite Things Blueprint 29 die cut white panel where I can stamp and write a message.

Well, it is a warmer but quite cloudy today. And, they say it will be raining later on and then gradually turn over to snow. I hope that we don't lose power, but at least we are prepared if we do with a generator on hand. I wish you a great week and thanks for your visits.

God bless,

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Happy St. Patrick's Day to all of you. I hope you are enjoying this holiday. I don't do much myself to celebrate it but I do enjoy making cards for others depicting it. I am sharing with you the final card I made using the Iralamija shop vintage photo that I won. I also used a wonderful Cheapo die called Clover Flourish.

I think that sweet lady is so pretty in that photo and I accidentally printed it onto regular printer paper instead of card stock but I used it that way regardless. I also used some Versamark ink and clear embossing powder which was heat set on both the lady printout and the sentiment which I computer generated. 

I die cut two Clover Flourishes and used that to frame the photo which I placed on a panel of dark green card stock. But before I added everything to the yellow card base I took the leftover negative and used it as a stencil to add a few more subtle clovers with green ink.  Once I had everything added to the card I finished it by adding some yellow pearls on each clover on the flourish. 

Well, I wish you a wonderful weekend. It is a beautiful day here but it was a bit nippy this morning early. But the sun is shining and we missed out on the nasty weather that other parts of our state got. Thanks for your wonderful visits too.

God bless,

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Vintage St. Patrick's Day

Once again on this card I am using one of the St. Patrick's vintage designs from Iralamijashop that I won a few months ago. It is a cute little Cupie Doll design and I backed it up on some plaid pattern paper from My Favorite Things. I also found some scraps of the perfect color of green card stock which made another layer.

I added that huge shamrock design from Cheapo Dies called Fancy Clover Set. It is a two piece set and the outer layer was done with some leftover dark colored green card stock. And, the sentiment from an old stamp set from Gingerbread (no longer in business)  was stamped in dark green ink and then punched out with an oval scalloped punch. All the layers were added to a peach card base to create this CAS St. Patrick's Day design.

I had this card made several days ago but instead of posting it I was working on Easter cards. But since St. Pat's is just around the corner I figured I should show you this one too.

Another week almost gone again. It seems the weeks get shorter all the time. And, I get less and less done too! LOL Thanks for all the visits you have been giving me and also for the wonderful comments.

God bless,

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Color Your Vellum

I decided I wanted to enter a card into the Mod Squad Challenge-Color Your Vellum which is ongoing now. And I thought to myself, "how hard can that be"? Well, believe me it isn't as easy as you might think. First of all, my embossing powder strayed all over even after using an anti-static pad. Then when I got one of the designs to work well, I messed up with coloring it. But persistence paid off and I got a vellum design colored and on the card I am showing today. I decided I would make it an Easter card since I will be needing a few of them.

My flowers are from the Gina K. Designs Spring Basket set and the sentiment is from the Gina K. Designs Springtime Baskets set. I inked up the flowers with a Versamark pad and then embossed them with Gina K. Designs White Detail embossing powder. The flowers were hand cut out of the vellum after I had them colored in with Copics. The sentiment was stamped with Gina K. Designs Moonlight Fog ink. The card stocks are Gina K. Designs Dusty Rose, Lemon Yellow, Moonlight Fog and White. My pink panel was die cut with a Cottage Cutz Double Stitched Rectangle die. The other layers were hand cut.  I added a ribbon and some pearls to finish off the design before placing it on the white card base.

We have been having quite a bit of melting this weekend. So it certainly feels more like spring. But I wonder if all the moisture and humidity in the air wasn't part of the reason for my embossing powder taking flight and not sticking on the images when I stamped them. But at least I finally got one done that I thought didn't look too bad.

I hope your weekend went well and that you remembered to turn your clock ahead. I sure do not like the time change in fall or spring. It messes me all  up. I feel so tired today. And, I went to bed early so that the lost hour should not bother me. Yeah, right!

Thanks so very much for visiting and I hope your week will be a wonderful one.

God bless,

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Guest Designing For March Twofer

I am very honored to be guest designing for the No. 3 March Twofer Card challenge. I was so lucky to be chosen the winner on the very first Twofer challenge and therefore, was asked to do a guest spot.

The challenge this month is to use a blossom or flower image on two cards in different and unique ways. My blossoms were taken from a Concord and 9th stamp set called Flourish. I also used a sentiment from Gina K. Designs for the Easter design.

The first one is simply the floral design and this Flourish stamp set was the first set from Concord & 9th  I purchased and I still love it. It is a very fun and more artsy looking floral design. The sentiment for this card was taken from another Concord & 9th set called Many Mandalas Stamp set. My inks of choice were Hero Arts Ombre ink pads and I used a Memory Box Cross Stitched Border die to cut out the white stamped panel and the black panel. The sentiment was stamped with Versafine black ink before I placed the layered panels on a white card base. The last items added were the black gem rhinestones.

Now using the same stamp set I made an Easter scene. The Flourish set flowers were used to make the grass and the decorations on the eggs. By the way I did not have any plain egg dies but I figured a small oval would serve just as well. So I die cut some using a Cheery Lynn Die and then decorated them with the flower images.

The rabbit die is one from Cheery Lynn Designs called Funny Bunny and I simply cut it in white and backed it onto some pink card stock. I then cut around the image to make it look more visible against the blue sponged background I did for the sky. I thought the sentiment would look cute if it was on a cloud so I did it that way and popped it up. The sentiment is from the Gina K. Designs Springtime Baskets set.

I always enjoy making cards and both of these designs were fun to make. A little thinking outside the box is sometimes required but I think that is a part of the fun of the challenge. I hope some of you will consider joining in on the challenge as well.

Thanks for the visit and comments. See you next time!

God bless,

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Heartfelt Thoughts In Gray

The Double D's Challenge this time is to use mostly gray in your card design. Well this was a challenge for me mainly because I had gray papers but they were different shades and when combined together some of them instead looked green and some blue instead of gray. I finally settled on this combination of papers and inks to make my card and I think it is a fairly good match.

The stamps used for this card are from the Stampin' Up! Heartfelt Blooms set. And the ink I chose to use is Versafine Smokey Gray. The white focal panel was die cut with a Cottage Cutz Double Stitched Rectangle die. And, the ribbed gray paper and the ribbon were some I had in my stash for ages and of course, I don't know where they came from.

Just a very simple and quick card to make but I really love the way it looks. It has a sort of quiet elegance about it I think.

Anyway, that was my project for today. We shall see what tomorrow brings. I might just spend the day addressing my St. Patrick's Day cards instead of making cards. Anyway, thanks for the visit and for the wonderful comments you leave.

God bless,

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Black, White and Red

My latest Gina K. Designs stamp set and stencil arrived recently but this was the first chance I had to play with them. So I decided to join the Stamp TV Mix It Up Monday Challenge in which we are to use black and white along with another color and also add a ribbon.

My card was made with the Gina K. Designs Wreath Builder set along with the Gina K. Designs stencil template. I made my wreath builder design onto a 4 x 4 square of white card stock. It was originally a wreath design but I wanted to add more to the panel so I added extra images to fill out the whole area to  make a pattern paper look.  Once I had my design done to my liking I then cut it in two down the center. One half was applied to a black card stock base on the top and one half was applied to the bottom.

Then in the middle I added a white panel which was layered to a black piece of card stock and on this panel I stamped the sentiment and also another red blossom from the Wreath Builder set. But before I added that panel to the main card I added a gingham black and white ribbon. I chose to use Gina K. Designs Red Velvet and Black Onyx inks and also White, Black Onyx and Red Velvet card stocks from Gina K. Designs.

I added a floral design in each corner along the bottom of the white panel that I added to the inside of the card. This way it ties the outside design to the inside. I also added a sentiment from the stamp set inside.

Well, this was fun to do. And, the sun was shining again and it warmed a wee bit so that there is just a little melting. Much nicer day then when it was snowing so hard. I hope your day is going well for you too! Thanks for the visit and until next time take care.

God bless,

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

St. Pat's Shaker Card

Just for the fun of it I thought I would see if I could use some of my Cheapo dies and make a shaker card. Well everything was going great until I realized I did not have the right elements to put into a shaker. But then I thought of the box of goodies I inherited from my Mom after she passed on and I found some confetti in it that I think worked just fine. Of course, I had to hand pick the gold and green ones only for my shaker since it was for St. Patrick's Day. And since I am not a shaker card maker I think this is not too bad considering. I think I might have made two more in my lifetime.

I used some Gina K. Designs pattern paper from the Garden Tour paper pack. I also used some Crafter's Companion green card stock and the peach colored card stock for the card base is from Gina K. Designs. Also the light green card stock is from Gina K. Designs.

I used the Cheapo clover die set which consists of two pieces and used the negative for the shaker area. I then used the two dies from the set together to make a frame for it. And, the flourish was cut out and placed along the right side and I added some orange gems to it.

The last thing added to my card was the sentiment from Gingerbread of Arlington, SD which was stamped in Gina K. Designs Christmas Pine ink and then cut out with a Marvy Uchida scalloped oval punch. The Gingerbread company is no longer in business but in the early days of my stamping and card making career I bought quite a few stamps from them.

Cheapo Dies used:
Clover Flourish
Fancy Clover Set

Well, we have had electricity all day and hubby has been cleaning out our yard and the neighbor's yard. So he has been extra busy all day. It is such a wet snow so it is very hard to blow it. He had a lot of plugging up with the blower and sheared a few pins too. Good thing he always has extras on hand to fix it again in a hurry. We got about a foot of snow.

Thanks so much for your visits and wonderful comments. Here's wishing you a great evening now.

God bless,

Monday, March 5, 2018

Uchi's Design Animation Butterfly

A few months ago I bought a Uchi's Designs grid die and for the life of me I could not get it to work. Well I am happy to report that Uchi's  Designs replaced my grid die and also sent me more stamps for all the problems I had. And, even more lovely is that this new die works wonderfully. I am so happy about it so while we are having a blizzard today I used my new grid along with the Uchi's Designs Butterfly animation stamp set to make this card

Dies used are:
Cheery Lynn Designs-Just For You
Memory Box-Wonky Stitched Rectangles on the pattern paper.
Uchi's Designs-Grid Die
Spellbinder Dies-Labels Sixteen

The pattern paper is some I got from Gina K. Designs Garden Tour paper pack. I thought it was a pretty floral design and I liked that it had lots of black besides all the other fun colors. The butterflies on the card stock under the grid are from Uchi's Design too and were stamped in Versafine Black ink.

I am hoping by comparing the two photos of the card with the butterfly panel at different positions that you will see the animation look. Sorry I don't do videos.  After applying all the layers I finished the card off by adding some flowers along the top and bottom of the grid along with some rhinestone centers.

Well, weather wise it has been quite a past few hours. Last night around midnight we had a strong thunder storm and this morning when I woke up it was snowing like crazy. And, so very windy too! Hubby says we have about a foot of snow so far. And, still coming down. And, it is a wet snow and every now and then the electricity goes off and on. I hope it keeps coming back on all the time as I hate to think of having to get the generator out and get it going. ****No more then wrote this and off it went again. So glad I got the post restored so I did not lose all of it.

Well, everyone take care and have a safe and good night. Thanks for the visit.

God bless,

Friday, March 2, 2018

St. Pat's Card

Some time back I was the lucky winner of some digital photos from Iralmijashop and one of the sets I picked out was one that featured St. Patrick's Day designs. So along with an old rainbow pattern paper that Dee Gruenig sold several years ago and some dies I made a St. Patrick's Day card.

The rainbow pattern paper was die cut with a Memory Box Cross Stitched Border die and the Fancy Clover die set consists of two dies. An outer one and then the fancy inside design. So each die could be used separately as well. They are from Cheapo Dies.

This will be one of the cards I will send to the shut-ins. I hope they will like it. It doesn't show up too well but that rainbow paper has some glitter infused in it so it looks much better in person. For some reason I could not capture it in the photos I took.

I am entering this in the following challenges:
Scrapy Land #84-Anything Goes
Dies R Us Challenge #92-Use Pastel Colors

Well, the weekend is upon us. So no doubt I will be taking a break. This Sunday is Jack's baptism. So we are looking forward to that and hope the big storm holds off  until all get back to their homes safely. You have a great weekend too and thanks so much for the lovely comments you leave me.

God bless,

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Heart Frame Card

Well March 1st came in like a lamb today. It was a beautiful day with lots of snow melting. And today my order from Cheapo Dies arrived too and I just had to play a bit so I chose to use this one for a CAS card design. I went with spring colors.  I had seen where so many saved the negative part of the card and then refilled it in with the die cut so I decided to try my luck at it. I must say even I am impressed with the end result. And, that die cut perfectly the first pass through. I am so happy with it.

Behind the die frame I added some plaid pattern paper from My Favorite Things and I tried to use colors on the frame and flowers to compliment that paper. I sponged the colors in so it does not have a perfect coloring as some of the colors overlapped to create a different color. But even so I love it. I added gems to each of the flowers too.

And, the card stock is from Gina K. Designs and the sentiment is from the Gina K. Designs Spring Basket stamp set. I wasn't sure what I wanted to use this card for so I chose a sentiment that would work for many occasions. The main panel was die cut with the Memory Box Cross Stitched Border die before I added it to the card base.

I am entering this in the following:
Scrapy Land Challenge #84-Anything Goes
Dies R Us Challenge #92-Use Pastel Colors

Well, we will enjoy the beautiful weather while it lasts. According to the forecast we will start on Sunday late in the day with freezing rain followed by snow. It may last into Tuesday too. So I guess we are technically still in the Winter season but it sure was nice these few days experiencing a taste of Spring. I hope you are enjoying great weather too. Thanks for the visits as well.

God bless,

Monday, February 26, 2018

Lavender Sympathy Card

Since I am still short on sympathy cards I decided to make a CAS one and enter it into the Gina K. Designs February Release challenge. The deadline is midnight so I am getting it in under the wire so to speak. I used stamps from the Flowers & Frames TV Kit. That kit also had dies so I die cut the leaves and the rose for my focal image. And, I also used a Gina K. Designs Small Circle die too. All the card stock and inks used are also from Gina K. Designs.

I originally was going to use several rose blooms but I accidentally dropped the largest one on top of the leaves when they were just sitting there and I decided that was a very pretty arrangement already. So I went with it. That stamp set is a multi step one so I used three shades of inks from the purple family for the roses and two shades of green for the leaves.

Thanks for stopping in. I had no idea I would get two cards made today but that is fine. It is always nice to have a productive afternoon.

God bless,

Black & White

Ever since I purchased a Gina K. Designs die called Birds & Branches I wanted to make a card using it. The first time I die cut it out I colored it in but the more I looked at the white version of it the more I liked that better and by placing it against a black card base I loved it even more.  I think it works for a great CAS design using the die as the focal image. I added a white embossed sentiment from a Gina K. Designs stamp set called Massive Messages and used her white detail embossing powder to emboss it. The last item added to the outer design was some pearls from Eyelet Outlet.

I added an extra portion of the die cut branches along with the original in the left upper corner. It is a large die so a bit of each edge was cut off so that I could fit it to my card.

Inside the card I went the opposite way and stamped some branches in black onto white card stock and also the sentiment. These branches and the sentiment are from the Whimsical Spring stamp set. Of course, I used my MISTI for the stamping and to add the die cut designs I used the new glue from Gina K. Designs called Connect. I really love that glue and it works so well for adding layers and dies.

I think this may work great for a masculine birthday card. So that will no doubt be the way I use it. I am in need of a couple of them for March.

Well, that does it for me today. It was a fun afternoon project to do. I hope your week is off to a good start. And, thanks for visiting!

God bless,

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Rudolph Days Challenge-February 2018

The very first time I saw a card made with this Stamplorations stamp set I knew I wanted to own it. And, not long afterwards I won a gift certificate and decided to put this in my cart for purchase. It seems there were lots of others who loved the set too as it was out of stock. I was so glad the GC was good for a year so I waited patiently (not) until it was once again in stock and then I ordered it. It is from The Bees Knees line and is called Layered Holly. I love the big sentiments too.

I used Gina K. Designs Grass Green, Lipstick and black ink to stamp the design. And, I love that the layers are purposely off kilter as I think that is such an artistic look. I really love the way this looks. I also used Gina K. Designs White and Lipstick card stock for the card. So very easy to do and with the aid of my MISTI I was able to do multiple stampings to get a good color and impression.

Anyway, this is my offering for the Rudolph Days Challenge-February 2018. If you don't know, this is a challenge for Christmas card designs only. I thought it a good way to get a few basic designs down pat for future use. I know this one will be used often as it works up so quickly and ends up looking great besides.

I am also entering this in the Stamplorations CAS Challenge and The Never Ending-Anything Goes challenge.

Thanks so much for your visit and for you wonderful comments. Until next time, take care!

God bless,

Friday, February 23, 2018


I recently learned of a new company called White Rose Crafts that sells stamps from Europe which are shipped from the United States and they had some really darling images. One set I particularly liked was a Wild Rose Studio stamp set called Milton. Milton is a darling bear image and on this particular set he is huge. I only make A2  (5 1/2" x 4 1/4") cards so a portion of the design had to be cut off. But even so this made into a beautiful card design. And I think that is the cutest bear image and gorgeous flowers he is holding. The set also includes more floral images and also sentiments.

I used my Misti to stamp this big image as I just knew with my arthritis in my hands I might not get it dark enough the first time. I was right as it took another stamping to get it the way I wanted.  I also did a water coloring of this design using Gina K. Designs inks and water mixed together. I took my little stamp cubes and swiped some of the color onto waxed paper, took a spritzer and added water and then picked up the color with my fine brush. This allowed for me to get a more softer look and I love it. 

I added this panel to a Gina K. Designs Dusty Rose card base. For the sentiment I used Versafine black ink and stamped it onto white card stock. I then used a Cheery Lynn Designs oval die and cut it out. I cut another oval out with Dusty Rose paper for a frame and then popped the sentiment up onto my card panel with some Scrapbook Adhesives 3D Foam Squares.  And, that is the way I made this card.

I am entering this card into the following:
Mod Squad Blog Challenge-Animals
Double D's Blog Challenge-Woodland Creatures

Well, that will do me this week. I more then likely will take the weekend off from stamping and making cards unless the mood hits me again before Monday. Hahaa! One never knows! Regardless though I hope your weekend is a great one. Thanks for the visits and comments too.

God bless,

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Baptism Card

Our little Jack will be baptized in March so I was debating on how to make a card for his special day. I finally decided to go fairly clean and simple with the design and I really love the way it looks now. I used the Sparkle N Sprinkle Stamp Set 362 Crosses.

First I took white card stock and used an anti-static pad to remove any moisture and oils from handling it. Then with a Versamark clear ink pad I stamped the cross onto this card stock panel. I added Sparkle N Sprinkle Gold Detail (EP168) embossing powder and then heat set that. With two shades of blue I colored in this gold cross with some Bic alcohol ink markers.

My next step was to die cut this cross out with a Gina K. Designs Small Double Stitched circle die and I also die cut a Gina K. Designs Large Single Stiched circle die for the blue layer around it. I set these aside and then used a Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder to make a pattern on a piece of white card stock. I cut that embossed panel to the size I wanted and then added that to a layer of blue card stock.

For the sentiment I stamped it with black Versafine ink onto white card stock and after fussy cutting it I layered that to  blue card stock. I assembled the various layers onto a white card base, The circle was popped up but I left a bit of room so that I could slide one end of the sentiment underneath it. The last addition to my card was to add a small blue and white gingham ribbon.

Well, we are getting snow. Sounds like we are in for quite an accumulation too. I so wish it was a nice soft spring rain with warm enough temps to not freeze instead of snow. I guess I am never satisfied. But I thank the Lord regardless for the moisture we are getting.

I hope you had a great week. It seems the days just fly by. I can hardly believe the weekend begins again tomorrow.  Thanks always for your visits and wonderful words about my cards. I very much appreciate them.

God bless,

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Deer Sympathy

I made another sympathy card and went with a more masculine style. I chose to use an old wood mounted stamp set that I purchased many years ago called Doe and Fawn and was made by Stampabilities.

I stamped the image onto Gina K. Designs heavy weight white card stock using brown ink. Then with various colors of brown I swiped the ink pad onto some wax paper and then spritzed with water to make a watered out brown. I used a fine paint brush to add extra brown color to the deer and fawn. For the grass I did the same technique of water coloring only using some Memento green ink and a few swipes of brown. And, the last water coloring I did was add watered out blue shades for the sky using Gina K. Designs inks. I filled in the nose and eyes on the fawn and doe with a black fine line permanent marker from Zig.

When I was satisfied with my little painted scene I then die cut it with a Gina K. Designs small double stitched rectangle die. I also die cut a Gina K. Designs single stitched edged rectangle die from black card stock to make a layer. These two stacked rectangle layers were then placed onto a Spellbinder die frame called Polka Dots. The last step with my design was then to add these layers to a white card base.

I am not much of a water color artist but since most of the details are so well defined with this stamp image it was fairly easy to get the look I wanted. The sentiment I added is from Gina K. Designs.

I just love to use deer on my cards as we always have them roaming around a lot here. Almost every night they are grazing in our fields or running through the yard. And, that keeps our dog on patrol as well during the night and she is always barking up a storm. I am so thankful I have gotten used to her constant barking or I would not get a wink of sleep. We do get complaints from guests however. Haahaa!

I decided to enter this card design into the Double D's Challenge-Woodland Creatures. It should qualify.

Well, thanks to all who have come to visit and I hope that your week is going well. I love to see all the wonderful comments you leave too.

God bless,

Sympathy Card

Today I used some NBUS (never before used schtuff) which was a tea rose die set and along with some other dies and a stamp created a sympathy card. It seems I am short on that type of card again so thought I best get some added to my stash.

The sentiment was stamped onto white card stock and then was die cut with an oval die. Another oval die was used for a layer. And, the background was a leafy vine design which I thought would look great and be a compliment to the flowers. The card base was using plain white card stock.

I used complimentary Memento inks and sponged the background and also on the flowers and leaves. I thought it added a lot to make them appear more realistic. Once the flowers were assembled I added a gold rhinestone to each center.

The sentiment is from A Jillian Vance Design Simply Said: Sympathy stamp set. I love that big sentiment and I also used another sentiment inside the card.

Dies used:
Gina K. Designs: Small and Large Oval Die Sets
Impression Obsession: Lg. Flourish Background
Cheery Lynn Designs: B436 Tea Rose Medium

The white and green card stocks are from Gina K. Designs and the purple is from Stampin' Up!

I will add this design to the Scrapy Land Challenge #84-Anything Goes.

Jack Update:
Our sweet Jack came home Sunday afternoon from the NICU and we took his big sister Anna to their home as she had been spending the weekend with us. So now they are getting adjusted to being a family again. We are so happy for them and for us too!

Thanks so much for your visit and lovely comments. Also thanks for all the good wishes and prayers for Jack. They meant so much to all of us.

God bless,

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Peaceful Winter

I thought I would join in on the Mod Squad Blog Challenge in which the theme is Winter. So using Kitchen Sink Stamps I made this simple little scene.

Stamp sets from Kitchen Sink Stamps were Multi Step-Tree Friends, Multi Step-Snowy Pine Trees and the Greetings From The Woods. I sponged on my sky line first using Andirondack Lights Cloudy Blue and Gina K. Designs Ocean Mist. Then the trees were stamped with Gina K. Designs Moonlit Fog, Jelly Bean Green and Grass Green. The deer were stamped with Gina K. Designs Kraft and the sentiment was done with Gina K. Designs Lipstick. I used Versafine Onyx Black ink for the birds. The whole scene was placed on a White card stock panel and then layered onto Lipstick card stock before adding it to a White card base. All the card stock is from Gina K. Designs. The focal panel was die cut with a Memory Box Cross Stitched Border die.

A very simple scene but it really depicts winter in a lot of areas. Thanks for visiting and for your lovely comments always. I hope all of you are having a great week.

God bless,

Sunday, February 11, 2018

February Twofer-Hearts

I had so much fun last month so I decided to join in on the Twofer Card Challenge #2 for February using hearts in two different kinds of cards.

The hearts I used on my cards are from the Gina K. Designs Small Double Stitched Circle die. With that set is a nice fun open heart design which when die cut leaves an open heart and a solid heart.

Using these hearts I made a golden anniversary card. I used a sentiment from Tonic Studios which was cut from gold glitter paper from Stampin' Up! I also used ivory card stock for the base and the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossed panel. On the Swiss Dots panel I added my glittery sentiment and the open part of the hearts and made them to look like two heart rings joined together. I framed the panel then with a My Favorite Things Die-Namic Stitched Rectangle Scalloped Frame using the glitter paper as well.

The Thinking of You card also used those same heart dies but they were instead cut from scraps of pattern paper and card stock and made to look like butterflies. The Gina K. Designs Large Single Stitched oval die was cut from white card stock and then onto that surface was stamped the sentiment from Gina K. Designs. Next on that same oval panel I added the butterflies and used some gems to add the body to each. The antlers were hand drawn by me. This was all added to a black card stock base. And in each corner of the card I added a decorative die from Cheery Lynn Designs.

I am not really into a card making mood but I found it does help me keep my mind off my little grandson who is getting some better but still has some breathing issues. But I guess as long as he making progress that is a good thing. He is still in the NICU at this time. 

Thanks for your visits and also for all the good wishes and prayers for Jack. I so appreciate each of you. 

God bless,

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Non-Traditional Valentine and Jack

Once again I have pulled out the Geo Thanks set from Gina K. Designs and used that geometric heart design to create a valentine in non-traditional colors. I stamped the heart with a Hero Arts Ombre Meadow ink pad and then added the outline image with Versafine Black ink. I used some pattern paper from My Favorite Things and card stock from Gina K. Designs.

After placing all the panels on and the hearts I then finished the card by adding some sequins. And thanks to my Mom I did find a few sequins. She was a great crafter and after she died I kept a few of the items I thought might work on cards. I am so glad I did as the green sequins worked great with my design.

I am entering this in the following challenges:
Mod Squad Blog Challenge-Have a Heart
Double D Challenges-Sequins

Baby Update:
Well our little grandson Jack arrived Wednesday morning and his big sister Anna says "He's so cute". But the little guy is having some health issues with breathing. I think this often happens with a C-section birth but even still we and his parents are very concerned. He has been taken to a larger hospital where we are hoping they can get him on a normal breathing pattern. So I am hoping I can count on you who are prayer warriors to keep him on the prayer chain.

Here are a few pictures and the first one is Jack right after he was delivered.

Next is his big sister Anna who was visiting him. She is so proud of him and loves him already.

And lastly here is Grandpa and Grandma who both got to hold him for a little while. And we certainly agree with Anna as to how cute he is. But then we may be a bit biased. LOL

Thanks so much for your visits and comments and your prayers that all will be okay for Jack in a few days. We so appreciate all of you.

God bless,

Monday, February 5, 2018

Artsy Valentine

Once again I pulled out the Gina K. Designs Geo Thanks stamp set which is illustrated by Claire Brennan. I just am so enthused about those images and since I was short of a valentine card yet I used it to create a card and a matching envelope.  I confess normally I don't decorate my envelopes but I was challenged to do it so this time my envelope has some design on it.

The sentiment is from the same stamp set and was inked up with Versafine black ink. I also used that same black ink on the hearts and flower outlines. I never seem to get all the black outlines to match up every time but I think that only adds to the artful look of the images. And, if I am satisfied then it is always a "go" for me to make use of the end results.

For the die cut layers I used both the large and small sets of Gina K. Designs stitched rectangle dies. I sponged on the colors of the ombre pad, die cut it and then layered it to black.  I also used Gina K. Designs gingham ribbon. The hearts and blossoms on the flowers were inked up with a Hero Arts Ombre Spring stamp pad and the leaves were inked up with Gina K. Designs Grass Green ink pad. The last addition was to add a few black rhinestone gems to the card panel.

Well, I hope to get all my valentines in the mail tomorrow as I might be preoccupied otherwise with welcoming a new grandson into the world. He is due any day now and when we hear about that no doubt we will be going to visit him and his family. So if I am missing for a bit it could be due to that. I can hardly wait and hope all goes well with his delivery.

Well, everyone have a great day. And, thanks for coming by.

God bless,

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Kitty and Puppy Valentine

I worked on a few more Valentines and used the cute Gina K. Designs Frisky Felines and the Playful Pups stamp sets which are designed by her daughter Alicia Krupsky.

First up is the card I made with the Frisky Felines set. I also used a punched out pattern paper heart on the card. I wanted my kitty to be a striped one.

Next I used the Playful Pups set along with a heart from the Geo Thanks set from Gina K. Designs which is illustrated by Claire Brennan.

Both cards are similar in design and fairly clean and simple. But I think they are such darling Valentines and I am really pleased with them. Great stamp sets to work with so that helps a great deal.

Well, it is snowing and my hubby is traveling so I hope he has a good trip. It is always a relief to hear he has arrived okay.

Thanks for visiting and I hope your day is going well.

God bless,

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Ombre Geometric Valentine

Since I had that Hero Arts Ombre Spring Brights ink pad out on my crafting surface I decided to use it with a set from Gina K. Designs called Geo Thanks. There are cool geometric designs on this set as well as sentiments. I chose to use the two step heart images to make a CAS Valentine design.

I am not sure if I should have done the black lined area first or the solid area first. But I went with the solid first and then stamped over it with the lined image. Both images have the lines and as you can see I did not exactly align perfectly as some of the white is still showing here and there. But for me I loved it and thought it just added a bit more of interest to the design. I used my MISTI to stamp them onto a white panel and then I die cut it out with the MFT Die-Namics Wonky Stitched Border die set. I then simply added to a panel of yellow and then again onto the white card base. After stamping the sentiment from the set I then added three black rhinestone gems.

Inside I stamped the smaller heart design which is included in the set and then used a sentiment from the Gina K. Designs Fancy Flowers stamp set. I thought that sentiment expressed my wish perfectly for the friend it is being sent to.

Well, it is warming up with lots and lots of wind. But then in a day or so it is once again getting cold. And, with the strong winds today it does not seem as warm as the thermometer says. So it is in fact chilly in this old farm house today. I think part of it is because we  have had very little moisture and the boards are all dried out and don't quite mesh as well and therefore let the wind and cold in a bit more. Oh, well! That is life in South Dakota. One never knows what to expect with the weather. It seems to change daily from one extreme to another.

You all have a great day. Thanks for the visits too.

God bless,

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