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Thursday, May 28, 2020

Spotlight Birthday - CYS May

Good morning my friends. Happy Thursday. At least I think it's Thursday. It's really hard to keep track of the days while being stuck at home and each day seems to be just like the last one. With our church also being closed, I don't get that break in the week anymore. I don't know about you, but my days are all racing right along. It goes by so fast. Of course, there's always school and that has been keeping me extra busy. This semester I'm learning how to do research in the British Isles. Very interesting, but also a lot of work.

On to my card.  This month the Challenge Your Stash theme was picked by Sue (stampinspooky on SCS). Her theme was to use the spotlight technique. If you don't know what that is, you stamp your image and then pick an area of the image that you want to spotlight. Then you stamp another of the same image and color just part of it that is where you want to highlight and cut out that part and paste it over the uncolored image so that one part is spotlighted. It's a lot of fun and I really like how this one turned out. I need a masculine birthday card for June, so this is going to be it.

Materials Used:
  • Image - CC Designs - Gone Fishing
  • Sentiment - Stamp & Cut - Birthday
  • Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Cardstock - Xpress It Blending Card; Stampin Up So Saffron
  • Designer Paper - Bo Bunny - Et Cetera Collection
  • Accessories: Happy Die; Stampin Up Window punch
  • Copic Markers - E23; G12; W3; Y11, Y13, Y15
That's all I've got for now. I hope you are doing well wherever you are and that you are staying safe.

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Fairy Sweet - IAS #83

Hello my friends. Happy Mother's Day to all of my mom friends whether they are your bio kids, adopted, furry, or maybe students. I believe that most women mother in some fashion. I know it must be hard for some that can't be together this year. Again, another year missing my mom who passed on a number of years ago. I still miss her but know that she is happy. I hope you enjoy your day whatever your circumstancees. The other day I was lucky to be able to get out and see the Blue Angels fly over H Town. They are really a sight to see. I was only quick enough to get one picture of them flying off. Today we have another flyover here in H Town. We have a Vintage Age Group in town and they are doing a flyover of Vintage Aircraft to celebrate VE day, the end of World War II. I can't wait to see that too. I hope I get a better view of them.

This fortnight I have a card for the International Art & Soul challenge. The theme is Flowers and Butterflies picked by guess who?  Yep, me. I love flowers and butterflies and can't wait to see what all my Design Team teamies have created. Here is my card.

Materials Used:
  • Image - Lili of the Valley
  • Sentiment - Lili of the Valley
  • Ink - Tuxedo Memento Blac
  • Cardstock - Stampin Up Crushed Curry; PTI New Leaf; Xpress It Blending Card
  • Designer Paper - My Mind's Eye Dolled Up collection
  • Accessories - Wild Orchid Crafts - flowers and lace; Martha Stewart Leaf Punch; classic circle punches; Stickles
  •  Copic Markers - E30, E33; E50, E51, E53; G12, G14; R20, R21; Y06, Y08, Y18; YR01, YR04
That's all I've got for today. I hope that you will pop on over to IAS and check out what the rest of the Design Team has created and join in the fun. You could be the winner or one of the Top 3. Can't win if you don't play.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Challenge Your Stash with Flowers

Good morning and Happy Tuesday! I have to look at my phone to check the day and date these days. They all sort of blend together. I will be happy when we are able to get out and about again. Keeping busy with school and a new generation of caterpillars. I haven't had any to release in a while, but hopefully, new ones will be coming soon.

Today I have a card to share with you for the Challenge Your Stash group on SCS. Each month there is a hostess and she picks a theme for the month and we all create a card using the theme and anything we have in our stash - no new products are supposed to be used. This month our hostess was Joyce (ashjoy on SCS) and her challenge was to use a flower stamp that we had never used before and we are to send it to someone to let them know we are thinking of them. I do have a card ready, but I haven't yet determined who to send it to. But I will in the next day or two. This was not hard for me because I love flowers and have tons of flower stamps. I pulled this one out of my stash that I had not yet used.
Materials Used:
  • Image - Stampin Up - Lots of Lavender
  • Sentiment - Stampin Up Perennial Birthday
  • Cardstock - Stampin Up Green Galore, XPress it Blending Card
  • Designer paper - ??
  • Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Accessories - Classic Oval Nestabilities Due; ribbon from my stash
  • Copic Markers - RV11, RV13; G21
Sorry, I didn't write down the name of the designer paper. I'll have to go check that out. Two of my favorite things - purple and flowers. 

Sunday, April 26, 2020

So Very Grateful - IAS #82

So Very Grateful

Hello my friends, and happy Sunday! It's a beautiful sunny day here in H Town. It is so weird that it is Sunday and no church meetings. It is no wonder that I forget what day it is. Online classes started this week, but mine are always online, so there is no issue with that. It was mostly an easy week and I was able to get my classwork done early and got started on week 2 since there is a lot more going on starting tomorrow. This semester I am taking British Isles research which focuses on Britain and Wales. My other class is Writing and Reasoning Foundations. Ugh! I do not like writing classes. It's required so I'm taking it.

Let's get on to something fun. Here is my card for the International Art & Soul challenge this fortnight. The theme is "anything BUT a square or rectangle."  It might be easy for you, but it was kind of tough for me. I don't really get outside my "box" much so I had to really think for this one.

 I started out with my die cut. Sorry, it does not have a name; it's one I purchased on Amazon that came from China. I know there is a Nesabilities one that is very similar, but a little bit smaller. I have that one also. I wanted it big though so I could make something with it. I did not have a large oval die to make the actual card. I folded a piece of which cardstock lengthwise and then laid the large die on top of it. Then I sketched an oval shape around it and it just fit leaving a little bit at the top for the fold and a little a the bottom where it could stand up. The designer paper I used for the die cut and to frame the image is My Mind's Eye Be Happy collection. I found this great stamp set from Stampin Up - So Very Grateful and also used it for the sentiment.  I stamped it on XPress It Blending card and the cut it out with the next smaller die in the nest and colored with my Copic markers - B0000, G03, G05; G21, G24; R81, R83, R85; V01, V04; and Y15. Then I just popped on a few pieces of bling for added interest and sparkle.

The lilac background is just a piece of cardstock I put behind the card to photograph it. After I got done, I thought it would have made a nice Easter card. It kind of reminds me of the Easter eggs my parents got us that were hollow and had a little scene inside.

sugar easter eggs with scenes inside - Google Search

That's all I have for today. I hope that you will hop on over to the IAS challenge webpage and take a look at what the rest of the Design Team has created to inspire you and then you will add your creation to the page. I can't wait to see what you come up with.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

CCC April - Time For Tea

Hello, my friends. I hope that things are going well wherever you are. Still on lockdown here, but it is looking like things are improving and we may be seeing the light at the end of the very dark tunnel. I will be happy to be able to get back out to visit with friends again. I'm again busy with classes. School started again on Monday. We've always been online so there hasn't really been much of a difference for me. This first week is pretty easy with only one short paper to write.

I do have a card to share with you today. This one is for our monthly swap group on Splitcoast Stampers - Creative Card Chicks. This month our hostess was Kelly H (ScrappinCEO on SCS). She sent us this lovely kit with stamps from Time For Tea. The photo did not come out so well. The ribbon is a shimmery light pink although it looks taupe here in the photo.

Materials used:
  • Image and Sentiment - Time For Tea - Cardmaking & Papercrafting
  • Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Cardstock - GP White; SU Berry Burst; Whisper White; PTI - Sweet Blush
  • Designer Paper - Stampin Up Fresh Florals
  • Accessories - Ribbon SU Shimmer Powder Pink; Martha Stewart Lace Border; doily? Classic Circle Die
  • Copic Markers - E0000; G12, G14; R11, R12; RV19
I had fun playing with this kit. I used the Berry Blast to add a pop of color to the card since I was using that on the teapot. See you all soon.

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Jolly - IAS #81

Good morning. HAPPY EASTER! I hope you are all able to celebrate in your own way with those you love. I am in my own home alone. Each of my daughters are in their homes with most of their family. One granddaughter is in her own home with her husband. So, we are in 4 different locations but plan to get together later today through virtual technology. How blessed we are to have such technology available to us.

So out of the holiday today, but I did not realize that I would be posting this card on Easter. This is for this fortnight's challenge on International Art & Soul. The theme is Use a One Word Sentiment  Multiple Times. This is really not my forte, but I was able to come up with this design for a Christmas card.

As you can see, this was very simple to put together.

Materials Used:
  • Images - Stampin Up - Oh What Fun!
  • Ink - Stampin Up - Real Red, Sage Shadow
  • Cardstock - Stampin Up - Real Red; XPress It Blending Card
  • Designer Paper - Allison Kraft 0 It's Christmas
  • Bling - Dovecraft Gemstones
That's it for today. Enjoy your Sunday. If you have a minute, stop on over at International Art & Soul and see what the rest of the Design Team has created for your inspiration. Join in the fun and you could be the winner or one of the Top 3.

I am submitting this card for the following challenges:

 Christmas Card Throwdown - Red and White
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes with Christmas
Daring Cardmakers - Clean and Simple - dash of Sparkle
Crimbo Crackers - Christmas Sentiment
Krafty Chicks - Christmas

Friday, April 10, 2020

Christmas Love

Hello, my friends. So good to be with you today. It's been a busy week. Monday I was able to turn in all my final assignments for the current semester. Still waiting for grade for one of them. The other, I ended up with an A, so I'm happy about that. Since then I have been working out in my yard and got my flower beds weeded. These are the kind that you have to dig out, not just pulling so it took a while to finish that up. Today I spent time planting flowers and shrubs and, of course, tending to caterpillars. Would you believe I have released almost 200 Monarchs and 6 Gulf Frittalaries? It is my first year to have the Frittalaries make their chrysalis where I can see them - like on and around my Monarch hutch.

So, on to my card for this challenge. It is for the Splitcoast Stampers Fan Club Monthly Christmas card challenge. This year it is all about the color and March is green. The main color needs to be green. I love how this one turned out.

Materials Used:

  • Image - Power Poppy - Under Glass Christmas
  • Cardstock - Stampin Up Garden Green, XPress It Blending Card
  • Designer Paper - Allison Kraft - It's Christmas
  • Accessories - Classic Oval Nestabilities
  • Copic Markers - BG01; E23, E25; G0000, G03, G05; R17; Y18 
That is it for now. It was pretty easy to put together. I think it may be one of my main cards for 2020 Christmas.