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Sunday, April 11, 2021

Winged Things - IAS Challenge #106

 Hell my friends. Happy Sunday. It's a beautiful day here today in H Town. So ready for winter and cold to be over. I spent a little time outside yesterday trying to get the flower beds cleaned up and ready for some more planting since everything died over the week of the Big Freeze! My Knockout Roses survived and are beautiful. I had the yard man cut them back about two weeks before the freeze and they also survived and are putting out a ton of new growth and dozens of beautiful flowers. So thankful.

Today I have a card to share with you for the International Art & Soul fortnight challenge. The theme this time is Winged Creatures which was chosen by DT member, Christine. This was not hard for me because I love winged creatures - fairies, butterflies, birds, etc. 

Materials Used:

  • Image - Whimsy Stamps - Maya
  • Sentiment - left it open
  • Card stock - Stampin Up Blushing Bride
  • Designer Paper - Stampin Up - Birthday Bouquet
  • Accessories - Stampin Up Blushing Bride ribbon; Nestabilities Die- Marvelous Squares; Stickles.
  • Copic Markers - B00, B0000, B12; E25, E27, E29; E50, E51, E53; R20, R21; G24; R81, R83; Y18

That's it for now. I hope you'll pop on over to the and see what the rest of the design team has created. They are very talented ladies.  Join in the fun and let's see what you come up with. You could be chosen as the Winner or one of the Top 3. Have a great week.

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Christmas Tree - IAS #105

 Good morning. Happy Sunday! I hope you are doing well. It's a little on the cloudy, rainy side this morning, but that is not dampening my spirits. A week and a half left in this semester! It's also exam week in Math 108X so not looking forward to that. 

I do have a card to share with you today for International Art & Soul. Our challenge this fortnight is Shaped Card (no squares/rectangles) and has been chosen by DT member CG. I am not good at doing shaped cards but when I remembered that I had these great dies from Heartfelt Creations that I have not used before, I knew they would be perfect. 


This really came together pretty quickly. There was no coloring done on this card. I started out with a white 10x 7 piece of white cardstock, folded over to 5 x 7. I then use the Booklet Basics Die set to cut out the base of the book pages. I used the largest of the basic dies and a piece of Stampin Up Glitter red cardstock and which was glued to the white base card. That was then glued to the Booklet Frame die which I cut out of Stampin Up Cherry Cobbler. Two pieces of designer paper were cut out and adhered to the top of the Basic Die for the book. The top layer is from October Afternoon - Make It Merry collection called Make a Song. I made sure to cut it so that the song title and the tree were showing with some of the music bars. The flowers and leaves are from my stash. I didn't make them. I wish I could find more of those poinsettia flowers though. I love them. 

That's my card for today. I hop you will pop on over to IAS and see what the rest of the design team has created for your inspiration. Give it a try and join in the fun. I'd love to see your shaped cards to give me inspiration.

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Easter Boy - CCC

 Hello my friends and Happy Sunday. Also, Happy Spring! I'm so glad to know that the cold weather is on its way out and it will start getting warmer now. We have still been having chilly mornings, but it turns out really nice in the afternoon. I've been getting out the last few days and with some help have gotten the flower beds all cleaned out from the leftovers of the big freeze! Sad to see everything go that has been growing for some time in the beds. I guess it's time for a do-over. Not sure yet what I'm going to do. Going to take my time and decide what would be best. Glad to know that my fig tree made it through without any major issues and it is starting to put out new leaves. I cut it back too so hopefully that will help with getting more and better fruit this year. I play to cover it with tulle netting to try to keep the birds and squirrels from grabbing the fruit before I can. The grapefruit tree looks terrible, but I see some very tine green spots on the limbs, so I'm hoping in time it, too, will start putting out new growth. I probably won't see any fruit this year, but hopefully next year we'll have some again.

On to my card for this month. This is one I did for the Creative Card Chicks group on Splitcoast Stampers where we have a hostess every month who sends out a card kit to everyone and all the members make at least one card from the kit and post it on the 21st of the month. For March, Roxie was the hostess and she sent us some cute bunny rabbits to use and we were to make a masculine card. Since it was to be a boy card, I used all the "blue" items that came in the kit.. Mine came together pretty easily.

 The image Roxie sent is from Inky Antics. I suppose that the sentiment is also, but not sure. The paper and the enamel dot are from Stampin Up. I mounted the d/p on some Stampin Up cardstock - Dapper Denim. I used a few of my Copic Markers to color in the bunny - G24, R30, YR02, YR04, YR09, W1.

I hope you are all doing well and able to stay warm. Have a great week.

Monday, March 1, 2021

Fancy Fold Snowman - CYS

 Good morning and happy Monday. I was able to enjoy a nice day yesterday and dinner with my daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren (who are adults) last night. We are still eating outside and it was pleasant. Today, the pleasant has chilled down a bit and gotten somewhat windy out. I think we'll be back to warming up by the middle of the week.

I have a card to share with you today. I made this for the Challenge Your Stash group over on Splitcoast Stampers. The idea is to just use items from your stash to make the card to go along with the theme of the month. This month's theme came from Danielle and it is to make a fun fold card- any fold as long as it's not just folded in half- and include the color red.

 The image and sentiment inside come from an unidentified stamp set. I believe it came in a stamping/papercraft magazine, but I wasn't able to find the correct one. The fold is made with a 5 1/2" x 12" piece of cardstock, scored at 2", 4", 8", and 10". There is designer paper on the inside and outside of the two folded sides. The snowman was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Xpress It Blending Card. It was then matted on a 2" square piece of red cardstock and then mounted on a piece of SU Whisper White. The image was colored with the Copic Markers - G05, R46, YR04, W0, and W7. I used some white liquid applique on his hat for the fur trim. The designer paper is from Stampin Up This Christmas collection. The snowflake die on the right side is from Memory Box - Frosty Border and then I finished off the card with some glitter red bling dots. I would love to have more time to play in my craft room.

Sunday, February 28, 2021

Natural World at Christmas IAS #103

 Hello, my friends. Happy Sunday. It's a little overcast today, but it has been warmer and mostly sunny, so that is a good day. It's nice to look forward to Spring and hope that Winter is now behind us. I hope you all are staying well.

Today I have a card to share for the International Art & Soul challenge. The theme for this  fortnight is The Natural World at Christmas (No Robins) and has been chosen by DT member Sall. I was a bit delayed in getting my card done and was trying to figure out what to make. I have a few reindeer stamps and when I pulled this one out, I thought it would be perfect for the challenge.

Materials Used:

  • Image - Stampin Up - Merry Patterns
  • Sentiment - Stampin Up - Merry Patterns
  • Ink - Stampin Up - Chocolate Chip; Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Cardstock - Stampin Up - Chocolate Chip; White Glitter; Xpress It Blending Card
  • Designer Paper - Stampin Up - Santa & Co.
  • Accessories - LaLaLand - trees die; Stampin Up fancy labels punch; SU Dimensionals

No copics were used in the making of this card! LOL!

I hope you like it and that you will pop on over to the IAS Challenge and play along with us. It's just for fun, but you could be named at the Winner or one of the Top 3. Have a great week!

Friday, February 26, 2021

Birthday Hummingbird - CCC

 Hello, my friends. Happy Saturday. At least this week has not been snowy or icey. That last week was a doozer! We are starting to warm up a bit and I'm certainly liking that. Of course, my yard looks a mess with all the dead plants and frostbitten shrubs and trees. My grapefruit tree took a real hit. It looks terrible, but they are saying to wait until late Spring to cut it back so I'm waiting. My gardenia bush also looks pathetic. I'm hoping that the roots are still good and that they will both recover. Covering the shrubs and plants even with freeze cloth did not do a bit of good. At least I did not have any damage to my house from burst pipes. 

I did get a card made for the Creative Card Chicks monthly challenge over on Splitcoast Stampers. Our hostess this month was VikkiJo and she sent us some adorable images. So far I have picked this one to make my card. Besides butterflies, I love hummingbirds. .It's almost time for them to be coming through this area on their migration. I usually only have a couplel that come to my feeder, but I love seeing them.

All the materials were sent in the kit by VikkiJo except for the cardstock. I chose to use Stampin Up Tranquil Tide for my card. The image is from House Mouse, Bird Watching stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black on SU Whisper White. The lovely designer paper is also from SU - Flowers for Every Season collection as well as the sentiment from the SU Any Time Greetings stamp set. I finished it off with a bit of twine from the kit.

That's it for now. I hope everyone is staying safe and social distancing. Hopefully, we'll get through this pandemic sooner than later.

Sunday, February 14, 2021

Taco Birthday - IAS #102

 Good Sunday morning. I hope you are stng warm wherever you are. I think the only warm temps today are in the deep south in Florida. It sure isn't warm here in H Town. Temp here is 35 right down and expected to go down into the teens overnight. This is all due to an arctic blast sweeping down the middle of the country. I used to think this was a warm climate and it is ---- during the summer months. At least I'm lucky that I don't have to go out in this. It does keep me from seeing my family since we only gather outside still due to social distancing. 

I was able to get my second shot of vaccine for the COVID-19 virus this past week and did not suffer from any ill side effects. If you are on the fence about getting the shot - JUST DO IT!!! There are so many things that can go wrong with long-term side effects if you contract the virus. Stay safe and help others to stay safe also.

Today I do have a card to share. This is for the International Art & Soul challenge for this fortnight. Our challenge this fortnight is Off to Dinner and has been chosen by DT member Hazel. I had a hard time trying to figure out what I was going to do for this one and then I found this cute stamp that has never seen ink before although I've had it in my stash for some time. Once I figured out the image and design, I could not think what kind of sentiment to put with it. I thought about what kids here like - Tacos! After a short search online I found this sentiment and thought it would be perfect and turned it into a birthday card. 

Materials Used:

  • Image - Lili of the Valley - this is an old stamp I've had and they don't sell rubber stamps anymore. I don't see it in their Digi Shop either.
  • Sentiment - Computer generated
  • Cardstock - Stampin Up Confetti White, Apricot Appeal; Xpress It Blending Card
  • Designer Paper - My Mind's Eye - Stella Rose collection
  • Copic Markers - B000, B00; E25, E27; E50, E51, E53; R20; W6; Y15, Y18; YR01, YR02

I hope you will all head on over to the International Art & Soul website and see what the rest of the Design Team has created for your inspiration and then join in the fun and show us your creations.