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Friday, June 28, 2024

Garden Thanks - Creative Card Chicks

 Hello my friends. Happy Friday. I hope you all have a great weekend.

I'm finally getting back to doing some more card making and playing in my craft room. It's been a trying month and a half. I can't believe June is almost over.

I spent some time in my craft room last night working on this card. It's very plain, but I had a hard time coming up with something that didn't include stamping. I could have stamped a sentiment, but decided to use my thank you die instead. This card is for the Creative Card Chicks monthly challenge. Each month there is a hostess who either sends us a kit or gives us a theme or idea to use to make our card. Then we each post our card between the 21st and 23rd of the month. Yes, I am way late getting mine done. On the 20th I had a cortisone injection on the side of my left hand right where the thumb meets the wrist. Yes, OUCH! It was painful, but it has helped so I'm not complaining. 

This month our hostess was Sue and she sent us some designer paper and some corresponding card stock. We were to make a card using just the dsp she sent - no images and no stamping. The products are all from Stampin Up - Fresh as a Daisy designer paper; Garden Green, Wild Wheat, and Daffodil Delight card stock; brass butterflies. I used a strip from each color of the cardstock to make a pennant and then added a brass butterfly at the point. I don't recall where the Thank You die is from, but I used a bit of the Daffodil and then some white card stock and layered the words. I love flowers so I'm sure I'll use the rest of the dsp at some point to make more cards.

Sunday, June 2, 2024

Beautiful You - Challenge Your Stash

 Hello again, my friends, This is my second post of the day. I'm playing catch up for May now that June is here. I hope to  be back in my groove as days go on. 

This card is for the Challenge Your Stash group. In this group, we have a hostess each month who posts a theme for us to follow that month and then we use the items that are already in our stash to create a card for the challenge. We are not to buy anything new to use. The month of May our hostess was Vickie Y. Her challenge was to create a card using black and white. It turned out to be pretty easy for me because the designer paper I chose was perfect for the image.

The image and sentiment are from Stampin Up Beautiful You. I used black cardstock for the card base and for the oval mat for the image. The image and sentiments were stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black. The designer paper is from Black Market Ebony and Alabaster. Simple and sweet. No Copics were used in the creation of this card.

Kitties on the Prowl - Creative Card Chicks

 Hello, my friends. I hope you are having a fun and relaxing Sunday. It's been quite the month of May. On May 16, we had a "Derecho" storm come through H Town. If you don't know what that is, it is a "widespread, long-lived wind storm associated with a rapidly moving shower or thunderstorm." There was also a tornado associated with the storm, but the Derecho moved through H Town and headed into Louisiana with winds up to 100 mph. There was widespread damage along it's path and people lost power from a few hours to a week. I was without power for six days. Dealing with all that, I then had a surgical procedure done on May 20. I've suffered with bursitis in my right hip area for many years and finally decided to have it removed. So now, I'm recovering from that. I haven't been able to sleep on that right side yet which is terrible because that is the side I always fall asleep on although I wake up sleeping on my left side. As my doctor said, "It was surgery." So I just have to let it heal. The storm did some damage around here - a small tree in my back neighbor's yard took my fence down. Luckily I had already decided to replace it so I had an appointment with a fence company to replace it. It took down a small tree in my front yard that had replaced an old oak tree about 8 years ago. I also had damage to my pecan tree in my back yard and ended up have most of that cut back yesterday so none of the remaining limbs would fall on my house. I did have one limb fall out of the tree during a previous storm about a week before the big one. It had a pointed end which came down directly over my dining room and punctured a hole in the roof and caused a drip from the ceiling. Luckily at the time it wasn't raining that hard, so I was able to catch the dripping and it didn't last long. I did have a roofing company come patch it, but they didn't fix it. After having my insurance adjuster come on Friday and telling me I could get a new roof, I called a few roofing companies to come give me estimates on cost to replace it. So, it's been quite the month. I haven't spent a lot of time in my craft room, but I did get a few cards done before all this happened. This is one of them for Creative Card Chicks Monthly Challenge.

This kit came from Terry Serman our hostess for May. We are starting our17th round (or 17th year). We only have six in our group now, but it works out and each of us have two turns during the year to be hostess. For one month, we must send a kit with images, sentiments, designer paper, and any embellishments we care to include. The second month, we can send a kit, post a challenge, post a layout or a theme - whatever you want to do. 

The images and sentiment are from Colorado Craft Company. The card stock is from Stampin Up - Crisp Cantaloupe and designer paper also Country Floral Lane. I did include a couple of enamel dots on the side and popped up some of the images with dimensionals. I used Copic markers to color the images. It was fun to play with the images that Terry sent.

Sunday, May 5, 2024

Smiles Across the Miles - Creative Card Chicks

 Wow! I can't believe how long it's been since I've posted here on my blog. The days just slip away. I hope you are all staying safe from the bad weather creeping across the country. Texas has been slammed with heavy rain, tornadoes, and flooding in a lot of places. Thankfully, we have just been getting some heavy rain here in H Town. 

I have been crafting some during the last month or so, but mostly working on some mini albums. I really love some of the Graphic 45 papers and have been watching a lot of YouTube videos using them. I have also found Club Scrap. They have some fabulous card layouts. A new company that I have recently come across is Stamperia. I just had to buy their Orchids and Cats collection and I'm currently working on a album using this collection. 

Back to card making. Today I do have a card to share with you. This is for the April card kit for Creative Card Chicks on Splitcoast Stampers.  Each month the hostess will send out a card kit or give us a challenge of some sort to make with our own stash. Then we all make at least one card which we post to the Forum between the 21st and 23rd of each month. Yes, I'm late posting, but to my defense I didn't receive the kit until late into the month. Weather and the P.O. have not been helpful.  This kit is from Roxie. She sent us the stamp set to use and then we could just use all our own stuff. I found some old October Afternoon paper in my stash. I don't think they are still in business. The last blog post was in 2016. Anyway, I thought this paper would be a good fit for the image.

The cloud dies are from a different set I had in my stash. I think they did very well with the balloon image and the sentiment. I would love to go to a balloon launch some time. I see them on TV and in photographs and they always look so amazing.

Thank you Roxie for the cute stamp set.

Saturday, March 23, 2024

Darlene's Card Kit - 2023 Catch Up

 Hello my friends.  Happy Saturday. I'm finally getting the chance to post some cards I made with card kits I received last year. I'm one of six members of the Creating and Making Fun Card Kits. We each have two months during the year when we get to choose the theme for the card kits we want to receive. Each month we will either send out a kit to the person who's month it is or we will receive a kit from the other five members of the group. Sadly, I have not posted some of the cards I made with kits I received last year. Sometimes Life gets in the way. 

These are two cards I made with a kit sent by Darlene. My theme for the month was masculine cards. These images were perfect.

What guy doesn't like cars. Thanks Darlene for the great kit.

Friday, March 22, 2024

Thinking of You With Roses - CCC Monthly Challenge

 Hello, my friends. I hope you are having a great week. It's been crazy weather down here in H Town. One day warm, next day cold, next day stormy, next day sunny, etc. You get the picture. It's always something different here. 

Today I have a card to share with you for the Creative Card Chicks Monthly Challenge over on Splitcoast Stampers. Each month we have a hostess who either sends each member a card kit to work with or gives us a challenge and we use our own supplies. This month our hostess was VikkiJo and she sent us a lovely set of images of various flowers. So far I've only made one card using her kit, but I know I'll be making more using the rest of the flower images. I love working with flowers. I also love butterflies, and Vikki Jo including some really cute little golden butterflies in the kit. 

The butterflies really pop out except for the tiny one on the leaf down in the lower right corner. I used SU Blushing Bride for the card base. The image is from PSX and it says "Rosa" on the image. Not sure who the designer paper came from. I checked SU and didn't see it there. It's very pretty and very bold. My sentiment came from Whiff of Joy (retired) General Sayings II. I used Copic markers to color my rose - R20, R81, R83, G21, and G24. That's it for now.

Friday, February 23, 2024

Ewe Okay? CCC

 Hello, friends. I hope you are having a great day. We have finally started having some warmer weather. So happy for that. I hope it lasts now that February is almost over. Yikes!! I can't believe we are two months into the new year.

Today I have a card to share with you. This is for the SCS Creative Card Chicks forum. Each month we have a hostess who either sends a card kit to the other members or gives them some sort of a challenge to do. This month it was my turn to be hostess. I decided to do a challenge. It is to honor our team member, Debby, who passed away last year. She was really into livestock shows and 4H and loved animals. The challenge is to make a Thinking of You card using any kind of animal image (NOT one with wings) that you want to use. It would be great if it were some kind of livestock animal, but that doesn't have to be the case. I decided to use this cute Ewe image from SU Farm Fever.

This was pretty simple. I used Lili of the Valley (retired) Nit Wit Enchantment collection designer paper and just a small piece of ribbon. The couple Copic markers were E00; N7, and W2.