Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Merry Monday and a Little Scrapbooking

Thought I'd play along with Merry Monday Christmas Challenge this week which is to create a card using mistletoe.  

Here's my take on the challenge...

I cut out the mistletoe on my Cameo...including the big bow.  I printed the sentiment through the Silhouette program, then cut the stitched border with a die from SSS.  I cut the berries separately and popped some of them with foam tape. I colored the mistletoe, berries and the bow with Copic markers.  I also added a touch of wink of stella to the berries. Added it all to a red card base...and done! 

I've gotten back to my scrapbooking a little more.  I hadn't scrapped in so long that it's like learning how all over again.  I've managed to complete about 6 layouts in the last I must be getting my mojo back! LOL!

Photos of my youngest daughter when she was about 12 years old. I used October Afternoon papers along with some red card stock and a stripe from my scraps. I created the title work in the Silhouette Program. The little girl carrying the cake is a stamp that I colored with Copics and fussy cut. I added some Nuvo drops for the bumps on the cake and a little Wink of Stella on the stars and her headband. The "messy hair, Don't care" tags were created in the Silhouette program and printed. The red tags were stamped and heat embossed in white. The dog and the two red tags were MFT's four legged stamp set. The presents across the strip are a die from Simon Says Stamps. After die cutting it, I colored all the little present pieces and put them back in the die. Journaling was computer generated. 

Photos of my mother holding my second daughter, Kimberly when she was just 6 days old. Word paper is from Echo Park "Our Family" collection. Red paper is some really old paper from my stash. Hearts were die cut and punched. All were coated with Wink of Stella, and some of the hearts are covered with glossy accents. The leaf branches are a MS punch just joined together end to end. I added some faux stitching and some lines around the base pieces. The arrows were cut from paper in the EP collection. Journaling is tucked behind the word mat and there is a heart pull tab at the top. Title work was generated in the Silhouette Program and cut out 4 times and layered for dimension. The "family" tag is from the EP collection. 

I just finished this layout today, and thought I'd get it posted too.  Photos of my two youngest children with their elementary school PE coach.  He was a part of their lives from kindergarten through 5th grade.  We also attended church with him and his family.  I used the plaid papers from Lawn Fawn.  The title work was cut with the Silhouette (three times and layered for dimension).  The whistle and school bus are from the Silhouette store.  I colored the orange strip and the title letters with Copic markers. The wood grain paper is from Echo Park "It's a Boy" collection.  I added some black lines and faux stitching. The yellow circle behind the title work was cut with a die then embossed with a stitched die. School bus and whistle were adhered with foam tape. Journaling is tucked behind the solid yellow mat.

That's all for me today....As always, thanks so much for stopping in.  I appreciate your visit...and I appreciate each and every comment!

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

LIM #329 - Geometrics

I hope none of you faint!  Here I am back again for the 3rd day in a row!!  I've had a productive day today.  Finished a dress for one of my granddaughters, bought groceries to prepare dinner tonight for two of my children and their families and made two cards for the Less is More Challenge!

And....I'm getting my cards posted on the same day I made them! WooHoo!!!

For this first card, I used a wood mounted stamp (that I coveted) from the wonderful Darnell of djkardkreations and leader of the NBUS challenges.  So...thank you, Darnell!  I stamped the image in versamark and heat embossed it with gold embossing powder.  I colored in parts of the image with two yellow Copic markers.  The butterfly is from Hero Arts, and was also stamped and heat embossed with gold.  I fussy cut the image and added some yellow to the butterfly.  The sentiment is from SSS. I colored the side of the card and the sentiment strip with one of the Copic markers, then heat embossed the sentiment in gold.  Added a few drops of Nuvo to match, and popped the white panel with some craft foam.

Not too sure about this card.  It might not be CAS enough for the challenge.  I got this new 6 x 6 image from Concord and 9th.  I think I might need just a "little" more practice with the stamp! After my attempt at stamping, I added some Wink of Stella to the blue triangles and the orange stripe down the right side.  I wiped the blue ink on a scrap of white to make the sentiment tag.  Sentiment is from SSS and is heat embossed with white.  Added just a few Nuvo drops and popped the panel with craft foam.

That's all for me today....As always, thanks so much for stopping in.  I appreciate your visit...and I appreciate each and every comment!

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Friday, May 19, 2017

CAS Watercolour and CAS Mix Up Card Challenges

Can you believe it!  Two days in a row!  

I finished a card yesterday that works perfectly for the CAS Watercolour Challenge and the CAS Mix Up Card Challenge.  I'm really starting to enjoy doing more water coloring!

This is probably one of my best to-date water color cards!  I used a NBUS stamp set from Altenew called Garden Treasure.  I stamped the flowers and leaves in versamark and heat embossed with white.  Then I used some Prismacolor Watercolor Pencils to add bits of color to the blooms.  After coloring with the pencils, I used a Silver brush to move the color around a bit.  To get the splashed background, I simply wet my brush and flicked it over the point of the pencil.  Too cool! I trimmed the finished piece down to 4 x 5.5 inches and mounted with craft foam over a pink card base.  The sentiment is stamped in Versafine Black and is from SSS Uplifting Thoughts.  A few sequins sprinkled around and it was complete!

Also from my NBUS stack, was this marbling layer stamp from Waffle Flower.  I struggled a bit getting the pieces lined up, but I still think it turned out okay. I mounted the marbled piece over gray card stock, then added a strip across the top with foam tape.  I used foil paper to add a stripe over the dark gray strip and then die cut the oval from the shiny foil paper to add a sentiment.  I heat embossed the sentiment on the shiny foil oval...and I can tell you...It is NOT easy.  Even using an embossing buddy, that embossing powder stuck to everything!  I finally got one that looked "okay"....

That's all for me today....As always, thanks so much for stopping in.  I appreciate your visit...and I appreciate each and every comment!

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Graduation...and SO much more!

Once again, I've been missing for over a month!  I just don't know where the time goes!!!  It's not that I haven't been creating....I've just been BUSY!  I have so many creative interest, that I tend to jump from one activity to another!   I've knitted several hats and booties sets and have done quite a bit of sewing for our sewing ministry at the church...sewing blankets, burp cloths, and bibs for the mission team to take to Alaska in a few months.  I've also done a little scrapbooking in the last few weeks. In working to clean up some of my projects, I've found 2 quilts tops that were pieced by my grandmother and two that were pieced by my mother. Would love to get them quilted sometime this summer! I've made just a few cards, but didn't manage to get them photographed before I sent them off in the mail.  WHEW!  

I told my children recently...When I die and you all start cleaning out my house....I can hear you saying..."Did Mama EVER finish anything!!!"  It seems that I have a LOT of projects about half finished.  Just for the record...I have finished a lot more than I have left to finished! Is anyone else out there as bad as me?!

Anyway...let me show you what I finished this week...

My granddaughter, Katie, graduates next week, so I made this card just for her.  Above is the front of the card, and below, is the inside of the card. 

This is the first time I've made a step card like this.  I cut it out with a file from the Silhouette store. Super simple to make once you have the pattern! I made the "congrats" paper on the front side of the step in the Silhouette program.  I added a verse to the right side that I thought was perfect for a graduate. It's 1 Timothy 4:12.  Then I added the "so proud of you" ...then I cut it with the Silhouette Cameo.  I made a little pocket on the left side to slip some $$$ into...I love how this turned out!  The front of the card was stamped with a PTI sentiment and heat embossed.  The graduate is a design for the Silhouette Store.

I shared a photo on my last post of Katie's senior prom...and then finally got around to scrapping a couple of the photos I took.

The filmstrip and music across the bottom are both washi tape.  I cut the doily with the Cameo.  The flowers and leaves are from Altenew and Tim Holtz (blue flower). Journaling is tucked behind the photo mat.

This second layout has a lot of glitter paper and foil paper accents.  I cut the title work with the Cameo and layered it 3 times for dimension.  Again the blooms are from Altenew.

I've been digging through some of my old photos recently...and I have BOXES of them! I found these photos of me and my first husband (my children's father who died in an accident before our 3rd child was born)  Although the photos aren't really great, I know my children will enjoy these layouts. Made a grid layout and accented with stickers, die cuts and rub-ons.

Just finished this layout a couple of days ago.  My girls with their daddy's parents.  Simple layout...made the title letters on the Cameo, then used glossy accents to give them a little dimension. The three scalloped circles were cut with Spellbinder dies. Wooden accents are just some old stuff from my enormous stash! Journaling was computer generated and raised from the layout with some craft foam.

So...I have been busy, just not very consistent about getting photos taken and posting it! If you have any questions about any of this, just send me an email by clicking on the contact me envelope on the sidebar.

That's all for me today....As always, thanks so much for stopping in.  I appreciate your visit...and I appreciate each and every comment!


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