Happy Saturday and welcome to my blog! I've been playing in my craft room most of the day and enjoying every minute of it! I've been working on my card(s) for the Less is More challenge, hosted by Mandi and Chrissie. Our challenge this week was to make a card using 3 squares. I've probably made about 7 cards, but these two are the only two I kept. I know...I'm my own worse critic. This first card is just a fun card I made for one of my grandsons who will be turning 7 years old in just a couple of weeks.
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
This week's OLW challenge is hosted by Jennifer at Styles Ink. In Jennifer's words...."This week’s challenge is to make a one-layer musical themed card. Anything to do with music. Sheet music, musical instruments, an image of someone singing; anything that in some way relates to music. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy!"
Yeah...right! In order to do this challenge...you MUST have some kind of stamp that relates to "music". Well, you see, last year when I was re-modeling my craft room, I donated quite a few of my stamps and accessories to the Ronald McDonald House, because I had 1) never used the stamp, or 2) thought that I never would use it. WRONG! I know I had at least 2 or 3 stamps that were musically related! I searched and searched through all my stamps and this is the only stamp I could find...no musical instruments, no singing birds...nothing! This music score is from a very old set of Prima stamps that were designed to make frames. The Happy Birthday is a PTI stamp and the To You is from a Technique Tuesday set. Given what I managed to pull together, I tried to be creative with this little strip of music notes, but this is the best I could come up with!
I stamped the music in black, then scored a couple of lines above and below it. (By the way...I practiced on plain white paper cut to size numerous time before I actually stamped on my nice card base!). The first card I made, using the same design I'd been stamping on the white paper looked "okay"...but seemed to be missing something. Then I decided to add a little bling, only to realize that my sentiments were not stamped in the right place! ~ sigh~ back to the drawing board! Then I stamped it again...using color this time for the sentiment and moving the top sentiment over to the right more and the bottom sentiment over to the left more....then I added a little bling to opposing ends of the sentiments...wa-la! much better! LOL! Really?!? How could such a simple card be so difficult! I definitely like the sentiment in color much better!
Got another layout finished over the weekend...so here it is:
and daughter-in-law, taken just a couple of days before their 7th anniversary. I used the beautiful new Stella Rose papers from MME. The stars and the title work were cut with the Silhouette. The large scallops were punched with an EK Success punch. The circles were punched with a scallop punch and a smaller circle punch. The inner circle with their names and the date were created in the Silhouette program, printed and punched with a circle punch. I made the photo corners by cutting a square in half diagonally and then trimming out the inside to leave a 1/2 inch corner. I added quite a bit of doodling in red and black (around the outside edges and on the red dotted and teal papers). I also added a few pieces of bling and a bit of stickles to the stars. I covered the heart on the title work with glossy accents. No journaling on this...just a simple layout.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Your comments are appreciate so much!! Until next time....
Monday, February 21, 2011
1.Thank the person/persons that shared this award with me and link it back to their blog/blogs.
2.Share seven things about myself.
3.Pass this award onto seven other bloggers that I have recently discovered.
4.Leave a comment so they can pass along the recognition!
Thanks so much, Kim, Valarie, and Sylvie!! You made my day! (Be sure to visit these three ladies at the links provided above!)
Seven things about myself:
1. I've been married almost 30 years.
2. We just found out that there'll be another grandchild in the late fall.
3. I've been scrapbooking since October 2000.
4. I've only been making cards for a couple of years.
5. I really struggle with CAS cards
6. I also knit, crochet, tat, cross-stitch, and make quilts.
7. I learned to do French hand sewing when my children were small, and made most of their clothes and even made the patterns for the clothes.
Here's my seven bloggers that I have been following for a little while. They all create beautiful cards...some CAS and some really layered cards...but all beautiful!
Saturday, February 19, 2011
This wee for the Less is More challenge, we have a Theme challenge... the theme is SPRING. There are no other restrictions apart from the those in the guidelines for a C&S card. Well, of course, spring means beautiful flowers, green grass, sunshine...all those things that make each day brighter! I decided do make a card using faux postage stamps. Not only did I make A card...I made THREE cards for this weeks challenge! Why? Because this challenge wasn't as difficult for me as most challenges are! LOL!
It was Easter Sunday, 1982, and you were a little over three years old. This was your first Easter wearing long pants to church. I usually made your Easter outfit, but you told me you didn't want to wear short pants anymore, so we bought your Easter clothes. ~sigh~ My little boy was growing up! I'm so glad I have this picture of us taken that day. It helps me remember the how sweet you've always been and how you've always given the sweetest hugs to your Mama! I love you, Matthew.
Thanks so much for stopping by! I appreciate the time you take to visit my blog and all your wonderful comments! Until next time....
Thursday, February 17, 2011
It's OLW time...and I thought Christmas was over! Not so...this week Susan at Simplicity has challenged us... to make a Christmas (or Season's Greetings, if you prefer) card, but you must use green and red on white or cream. Feel free to be creative with the shades of green and red...you don't have to stay traditional. You can also use natural-style cardstock, watercolor paper, or textured paper as long as it's white or cream. Keep embellishments to a minimum. Extra points if you do like I did and use an image that isn't specifically holiday!
What to do? What to do?! GAAH!! My Christmas mojo has flown the coop!
Really?!! You’re really planning to lick your sister’s face? Euwwwwww!! I don’t know what made me believe that when you two were over 30 years old that you would behave somewhat more “grown-up.” Duh! This photo is proof that the old saying “Growing older is mandatory …. Growing up is optional” is true. Even though you still do things like this to each other, I still love you!
Saturday, February 12, 2011
It's time to play the Less is More challenge. This week the challenge was to create a card that is a ONE LAYER CARD with the theme of a FLOWER or a TREE. Since today is Saturday, I have more time to play than I do during the week, so I was able to get this little card done pretty quick.
This is a one layer card as required...just one piece of card stock folded in half. The stamps for the mug, flowers, and the "from a friend" on the mug are from Flourishes Mix and Mugs set. I colored the mug and flowers with many different colors of Copic markers. The Thinking of You sentiment is from Papertrey Ink's Through the Trees collection. I added a line across the card to ground the mug and then added a little shading with a Copics C-1.
While I was playing today, I also finished up a layout that's been laying on my table for a week now. This is a photo I took of Helen Grace a couple of Christmases ago.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
It's time once again for One Layer Wednesday. This week the challenge is hosted by Jennifer Styles at Styles Ink. I love the challenge this week. In fact, I love it so much that I made 2 cards! Our challenge...should we decide to take it... was to use two (and ONLY two) image stamps on our card. That’s right, just two. And no sentiment. AND..we could only use each stamp one time. We were allowed to use the following AND ONLY the following: heat embossing and/or markers to colour your stamped images. That means no bling, no ribbon, no hippopotamuses. We were only allowed to add heat embossing and/or colour the images with markers. NO additional embellishments.
For my first card, I used the large apple stamp from Flourishes Apple of My Eye set. I love the beautiful apple...as as a bonus, I get to practice shading with my Copic Markers. I would give you a list of all the colors I used, but I lost count, I used so many different colors! The butterfly is from the Flourishes Gerber Daisy set. I had a difficult time coloring it...don't know what the problem was, but I just couldn't get the colors right.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
I hope this meets the requirements for the Less is More Challenge. I did do a layer on the white card base, but only to add the embossed piece. The oval tag was cut with a Spellbinder oval and oval scallops dies. The I love you heart is a CTMH stamp, and the pink "hatching" behind the I love you heart was a stamp. The little "heart" flowers stamp, I had forever and really can't remember who makes it. I stamped the hearts in black and then colored the heart with a pink Copic. I cut them out and then stuck a bow on them to make it look like a bouquet.