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Sunday, May 8, 2022

Belated Birthday

 Hello, my friends, and Happy Sunday and Happy Mother's Day to all the lovely ladies. I hope you are all enjoying your special day. I'll be spending some time with one of my daughters later today. We are experiencing warm, muggy weather already and it's not even summer yet. I do have a card to share with you today. This one is for International Art & Soul. The theme is 3 of Something and was picked by our design team leader, Mimi.


This is a new stamp set for me and I thought the image was so cute. I also needed a good belated birthday sentiment. I do get behind on sending out my cards with so much going on in my life.

Materials Used:

  • Image - My Favorite Things - Green Pastures
  • Sentiment - Same as image
  • Cardstock - Stampin Up - Lemon Lime Twist
  • Designer Paper - Authentique - Latest and Greatest Collection
  • Accessories - Paper Studio - 3 flowers
  • Copic Markers - B12, B14, B18; E50, E51, E53; R01; R81, R83; Y13, Y15, Y23; YG01, YG03

For my three of something, I used 3 bling flowers and I also have 3 different patterns of designer paper.

I hope you'll come over and take a look at what the rest of the design team has created for your inspiration and then  join in the fun with your own creation. You could be picked as the Winner or one of the Top 3. It's all for fun.

 

Sunday, April 24, 2022

Bunny Hugs

 Hello again. I do have another card to share with your today. This one is for the Splitcoast Stampers Creative Card Chicks Challenge. This is a group of us who swap a card kit every month. Each month there is a hostess who puts together a kit with images, designer paper, and some embellishments. Each of the members then makes a card or two or three which we post on the 21st-23rd of the month. It's always fun to see all the different designs that are made with essentially the same products. This month is was Roxie's turn (morgainegeiser). She sent us this fun Easter bunny kit. Her theme was Spring.

 
 
Materials Used:
  • Image - Inky Antics - Carrot Bunny
  • Sentiment - Same
  • Cardstock - Stampin Up - Crushed Curry
  • Designer Paper - Stampin Up - Flowering Fields
  • Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Accessories - Ribbon and bling
  • Copic Markers - G21, G24; R11, R12; W1, W3

That's all folks!

Things With WIngs - IAS #132

 Hello my friends, and happy Sunday. I hope you are all enjoying the weekend. I know I am. Now that classes have started up again, I do look forward to the weekend. The classes this semester don't look to be too difficult. I hope that holds true. 

Today I have a card to share with you for International Art & Soul. We are a just-for-fun group who love crafting whether it's card making, scrapbooking, mixed media, or some other type of craft. A new challenge is posted every other week. For this challenge we were to create something with the theme Things With Wings which was chosen by our design team member, Christine. 




Materials Used:

  • Image  - Whiff of Joy - Fairy
  • Sentiment - My Favorite Things - Green Pastures
  • Card stock - Stampin Up Pretty in Pink; Xpress It Blending Card
  • Designer Paper - Recollections, Blush & Mint; 5th & Frolic, Dear Lizzy
  • Ink  - Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Accessories - Stickles, Diamond; Recollections, Flower
  • Copic Markers - B0000; E21, E23; E50, E51, E53; G21, G24; R0000; V0000

 That's it for this card. I hope you'll pop on over to IAS to see what the rest of the design team has created for your inspiration. While you're there, how about joining in and posting your own Things With Wings creation. I'd love to see your work.

Monday, March 28, 2022

Spring Flowers Birthday

 Hello again. I'm back with another card today. This one is for the Challenge Your Stash group on Splitcoast Stampers. Each month there is a hostess who picks the theme for the month. Each of the members then makes a card to go with the theme and we post them on the 28th of the month. I actually had a different card that I made that was more "springy" but I realized that it was from a new to me stamp set and not from my stash, so I chose another card that I had made that I think can go along with the theme. It's spring flowers combined with a birthday theme.

Image - Art Impressions

Sentiment -  Art Impressions

Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black

Cardstock - Stampin Up Regal Rose

Designer Paper

Accessories - Classic Oval Die, Scallop Oval Die, Petaloo Flowers, ribbon from my stash

Copic Markers - R81, R83, R85, E50, E53, E55; Y15, Y19, Y28, C0


Birthday Under Glass

 Hello, my friends. Happy Monday. It's a beautiful day today. I have to enjoy every minute since we'll be getting some stormy weather tomorrow and later this week. They do say April showers bring May flowers. My flower beds right now are still all a mess from the winter freezes. I want to do some serious upgrading of the flower beds and landscaping this year. 

I'm a bit late getting my card posted for International Art & Soul. It was supposed to be here yesterday, but I had a busy weekend with getting things ready for the kids to come for dinner yesterday. Unfortunately, my vegan granddaughter was not able to join us because of a tummy bug she picked up at work. I think she should have left it there. I did send some food home to her with my daughter. After all, it was all vegan - a delicious soup made with all kinds of veggies including chopped kale, green beans, carrots and also added some vegan sausage. Of course, had to have chocolate for dessert, so I made some vegan chocolate cupcakes which were delicious. I'm so happy that the canned frosting you buy in the stores are vegan so I don't have to make my own frosting.

On to my card. Our challenge this fortnight is Include a Circle and has been chosen by DT member Mimi. 




 

I made this card some time ago but have not had a chance to post it for anything until now. I have a number of cards that are sitting on my desk that are waiting for their chance in the spotlight. 

Materials Used:

  • Image  - Power Poppy Under Glass
  • Sentiment - My Favorite Things
  • Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Cardstock - Stampin Up - So Saffron
  • Designer Paper
  • Accessories - Stampin Up enamel dots
  • Copic Markers - B0000, B000, C0, R05, Y18

A quick and easy fun card. I hope you will pop on over to the IAAS challenge website and see what the rest of the Design Team has created for your inspiration. While you're there, join in the fun and let us see your circle creations.

 


Monday, March 21, 2022

Tottie Leprechaun - CCC

 Hello, my friends. Happy Monday. Well, it was pretty nice most of the day, but now the rains have moved in and we're expecting storms through the night. Luckily they will move out early in the morning and we'll have a pleasant day tomorrow. 

I have a card to share with you today for the Creative Card Chicks over on Splitcoast Stampers. St. Patrick's Day is over, but we had a challenge from Sue (stampinspooky) for March to make a card for St. Patrick's Day or just make a green card. I don't do many cards for the day, but I have a few images so decided to do one to celebrate it.

I used a digital image from Fairy Ink - Tottie Leprechaun for my main focus printed on Xpress It Blending Card and a computer generated sentiment heart that says Happy St. Patrick's Day. I used Stampin Up Green Galore for the card base and mats. The designer paper is some that I have had for years in my stash, and I added two small Petaloo flowers and some green lace to finish it off. The image is colored with my Copic markers, but did not make note of the colors used.

Next up is Easter, right around the corner.


Monday, March 14, 2022

Happy Easter - IAS #129

 Hello my friends. Happy Monday. Yes, I'm a day late getting this posted. Just procrastination yesterday and today I spent 90% of my day working on my 2021 income tax return. I do it myself with online software and I always use two different ones because they don't all work the same. I want to use the one that gives me the best deductions and the biggest refund! I'll look them both over again tomorrow and then decide which one to file. 

I do have a card to share today for International Art & Soul. The them for this fortnight is Easter Chicks or Rabbits. I love them both and it was hard to decide, but I decided that this image was so cute and needed to be used. Besides that, it has chicks and rabbits!




Materials Used:

  • Image - Whimsey Stamps, Easter Bunny
  • Sentiment - Stampin Up
  • Cardstock - Stampin Up - So Saffron
  • Designer Paper - Wild Rose - Poet's Kitchen
  • Accessories - Flowers, Petaloo, Die - Nestabilities, Fabric Lace, Stash
  • Copic Markers - E000, E04, E11, E31, E33; R21, R32; V01, V04; Y04, Y08, Y19

That's it for today. I hope you'll pop on over to the IAS Challenge blog and see what the rest of the Design Team has created. Some cute stuff over there. Come join in the fun and you could be the Winner or one of the Top 3. It's all in fun.


Friday, March 4, 2022

Kisses For You - Creative Card Chicks

 Hello Friends, I hope you are all doing well. We've had some really pretty days lately, but it's not here to stay. I know that cold is still on the way. I'm so over winter and quite ready for Spring. It's been a crazy month and I'm a week late getting this card posted. 

This card is for the Splitcoast Stampers group - Creative Card Chicks. Each month the hostess puts together a card kit and sends it to all the other members. Then we each make at least one card from the kit and post it on the 21st of each month. Yes, I'm late. This month our hostess was our leader, Suzy. She sent us a kit for Valentine's Day. I'm not sure mine came out exactly how I expected it to. I was trying to make a box of chocolates. You know, like Forest Gump says, "Life is just a box of chocolates."

Kit Includes:

Images and Sentiment: Inky Antics Chocolate

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

Designer Paper: The Paper Studio

Accessories: - Ribbon - stash, Copic Markers

That's about it. I love this group and look forward to another year with fun kits to play with.

 



Monday, February 28, 2022

Irish Lass - IAS #128

 Hello, my friends. Happy Monday evening. Yes, it's almost 7 PM here and dark outside. It was a lovely day though with sunshine and warmer weather - not warm, just warmer. I think (and hope) that we've seen the last of the really cold weather now that March is here. It's time for Spring!

I'm a little late getting this card posted. I was busy yesterday with preparations for my daughter and her family coming over for dinner. Dinner turned out pretty good. I made cabbage soup with vegan sausage. I had a hankering for grilled cheese sandwiches, so I made some of those too. I haven't had a grilled cheese sandwich in a whole bunch of years. My granddaughter eats vegan so the most of the sandwiches were made with vegan cheese, but I love Swiss, so I made one sandwich with Swiss cheese. I offered to share, but no one wanted any, so I got to have it all to myself. I had also made some banana, chocolate chip muffins that turned out great! I will be making them again.

Okay, so now for my card. Our theme this fortnight was chosen by ME! It is St. Patrick's Day. I didn't realize that I have used this stamp before until I saw an older card in my memories on Facebook, but that's okay. The design is different. And I love this stamp. 




Materials Used:

  • Image - Cute as a Button, Luck of the Irish
  • Sentiment - Good Luck button
  • Ink - Memento, Tuxedo Black
  • Cardstock - Stampin Up Green Galore
  • Designer Paper - Kaiser Craft - Paradisio collection
  • Accessories  - Stampin Up - gold ribbon; tinsel ribbon; 3 leaf clover bling (stash)
  • Copic Markers - E00, E01, E02; E13, E15, E18; G00, G03; G12, G14; R05, R08; R30; Y15, Y19, YR02

That's about it for this card. I hope you will pop on over to the International Art & Soul challenge page and join in the fun. I'd love to see what you come up with. It's all fun. You could be the winner or one of the Top 3. 

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Light and Dark - IAS #127

 Hello, my friends. I'm only two days late in getting this card posted. I was supposed to do it on Sunday, but time got away from me and I'm just now getting to it. I hope all is well with all of you and that you are staying safe and warm if in a cold weather climate. I don't consider H Town a cold weather place, but we are having it anyway. It gets cold and then warms up a little and then gets cold again, and just repeats and repeats. I'm so ready for spring!

Today I have a simple card to share with you. It's for the International Art and Soul challenge #127 which is Light and Dark. The theme was chosen by our sweet DT member, Hazel. 





I decided to go with a light color flower and then a darker one. and the same with the designer paper and the enamel dots. The flower images are from a Fiskars set by Teresa Collins called Flora. The sentiment did not have a name on it, so I'm not sure where it came from. I used Stampin Up Real Red cardstock and a sheet of designer paper from the My Mind's Eye, Be Happy collection. It really went together pretty quickly.

The flowers were colored with my Copic markers - G000, G00; G21, G24; R11, R12, R21; R14, R27, R37; Y11, Y15.

That's about it. I hope you'll pop on over to IAS and see what the rest of the design team has created to inspire you. Join in the fun and let's see what you can do light and dark. You could be a winner or one of the Top 3. It's all fun.

Sunday, January 30, 2022

IAS #126 - All About Love/Hearts

 Hello, my friends. Happy Sunday. We are having a beautiful day here even though it had a chilly start. I'll take whatever I can get since it's supposed to be down below freezing toward the end of the week. I'll be hibernating when that happens.

Today I have a card for the International Art & Soul challenge. I've had a rough month and this is the first card I've posted for 2022. I'm glad that it has to do with hearts. It was chosen by DT member, Debbie. She has also been going through some serious trials to start this year so please keep her and her family in your prayers. I don't make many Valentine cards anymore. I guess it's too soon after Christmas when I send cards out to everyone. I had this stamp in my Holiday drawer and not sure if I've used it before or not, but if I did, then it's been long ago so it's okay to use it again.


Materials Used:

  • Image - Make It Crafty - Sarah
  • Sentiment - Stampin Up - Sealed With Love
  • Cardstock - Stampin Up - Real Red; Xpress It Blending Card
  • Designer Paper - My Mind's Eye - Lost & Found 2 - Blush
  • Accessories - Ribbon from my stash
  • Copic Markers - B0000; E000, E00, E02; N0; R12, R14, R17; R81, R83, R85; Y11, Y23, Y26

That's it for today. I do hope that you will pop on over to the IAS challenge blog and see what the rest of the Design Team has created to inspire you. Get your creative juices flowing and join in with the challenge. We'd love to see what you create.

Friday, January 28, 2022

My Dream

 Hello, my friends. Happy Friday. I hope the weather isn't too bad where you are. Here in H Town, we have cold, but not windy, so it's not too bad. At least the temps are below freezing. The sun is shining, but that won't be for long. I expect we will be getting some wet weather soon. I always felt like February was the gloomy, rainy month, but in 2022, January is sure vying for top spot.

I've had some time to work on a few cards in between breaks from my study group. Today I'm sharing one for the SCS Challenge Your Stash group. The idea is that we are to make a card using only items from our stash and not buy anything new for it. We have a hostess each month who chooses a theme for us to follow. It's always fun to see what everyone comes up with. This month our hostess was Jenn (Jennifrann) and she chose the theme "I Have a Dream." This wasn't too hard for me because I've had a dream for a number of years that I started really working toward back in 2017. The dream was to get my Bachelor's Degree. I'm happy to say that I am half way there having achieved my Applied Associate's Degree back in July 2021. I'll be going back to school starting in April to work on the second part of my degree program to finally get my Bachelor's Degree. Here is the card that I made for this. I guess in two and a half years I could send it to myself. 


Materials Used:

  • Image - Whiff of Joy - Graduation Willow
  • Sentiment - Stampendous - Cap & Gown Day
  • Cardstock - Stampin Up Midnight Muse; Xpress It Blending Card
  • Designer Paper - My Mind's Eye - Izzy Collection
  • Accessories - Stampin Up Label Punch
  • Copic Markers - B24, B26; E000, E00, E02, E06; E40, E41; R08; Y11, Y15, Y18, Y19, Y26
 That's all for today. I hope to get some more crafty time in my craft room, but I also have to work on my research report. Wishing you a fabulous weekend.

Friday, January 21, 2022

Blue and Silver Birthday

 Hello my friends, I hope you are enjoying your day and not too much inundated with snow and other winter weather. I had hoped to travel to New Jersey this week to attend funeral services for my older brother who passed away on January 13 after a very short battle with COVID and other lung issues. The weather there was to be pretty bad and neither my daughter (who was going to go with me) nor I have any experience in driving in that kind of weather. I plan to go there later in the year in the summer to have a nice visit with the East coast family.

Today I have a card to share with you for the SCS Creative Card Chicks. We are a group that like to have fun with creating our cards. Each month there is a hostess and she sends out a kit to the rest of the members and we each make at least one card and post it on SCS between the 21st and 23rd of the month. January was an open month in having a kit hostess so I volunteered to give a challenge to the group instead of sending out a kit which I'll do later in the year. My challenge to them was to make a card using light blue, dark blue, and silver. I ended up adding a bit more color to my card because I liked this designer paper.

I don't know why I can never get a good photo of my cards. This one is a little lopsided. 

Materials Used:

  • Image - My Favorite Things - Birthday Cutie
  • Sentiment - MFT - Birthday Cutie (on inside of card)
  • Cardstock - Stampin Up - Baja Breeze, Midnight Muse, Silver; Xpress It Blending Card
  • Designer Paper - Bo Bunny - Prairie Chic collection
  • Accessories - Recollections - Flower and lace; Martha Stewart punch; silver gel pen
  • Copic Markers - B000, B00; B93, B95, B97; E000, E00, E02; W0, W1, W3; Y11, Y26, Y28, Y32

That's it for today. I've been busy making a bunch of cards that I need to get posted, so I'll probably have some more soon.


Saturday, January 8, 2022

Poinsettias and Holly plus Christmas Deer

 Hello again. This is post number two for today. I really wanted to finish up posting all these card kit images that I worked on last month. This kit was chock full of images to color and some that were already cut out. They were all fun to work with. I received this kit from Shelly (mcschmidty on SCS). I was able to make four cards out of what she sent in the kit. I think there are still a few images leftover which I'm sure I'll be using down the road later this year.


These first two were images that I colored with my Copic markers and then made a card from the images. The images are from GinaK and the paper from The Paper Studio. The embellishments were from her stash. The cardstock I used was Stampin Up Handsome Hunter. I didn't have to use too many markers for these: G21, G24, G28; R24, R37; R56; Y19.

These next two cards were made from die cuts that Shelly sent me - large deer from Tim Holtz and the small deer from Impression Obsession. The Joy die cut is from Lawn Fawn. 



Using these die cuts really made it easy to put these cards together. Thanks Shelly for a really fun kit. I hate that you are leaving our group in 2022.


Nutty & Bright

 Hello, my friends. Happy Saturday. We are already one week into the New Year. I hope it is good for you so far and it stays that way through 2022. We've had a bit of cold weather down here in H Town, I think summer is finally over. 

Today I have a few more cards to share with you from the 2021 card kits that I received that I used for Christmas cards this past year. These two are from a kit I received from Barb (barbaralynn on SCS). The images were so cute. I love squirrels and feed about 7-9 of them that come eat in my yard. 


Here are two cards that I made with Barb's kit. I still have some leftovers, so I'm sure I'll be using them up later.



 Kit Materials:

  • Images: Simon Says Stamp - Nutty& Bright
  • Sentiments - Same
  • Cardstock - Stampin Up Cherry Cobbler
  • Designer Paper - Stampin Up Snow Festival
  • Accessories - Stampin Up Gumball Green twine; Stampin Up Cherry Cobbler ribbon; snowflakes
  • Copic Markers - B0000; E29; E70, E71, E74; E84, E87; G21, G24, G28; N10; R17, R29; 0

Thanks Barb for a fun kit to play with. 

Monday, January 3, 2022

Santa and His Reindeer

 Hello again, my friends. Here I am again today with some more of my card kit Christmas cards. This kit came from Terry Serman. She sent images and also cut out images and loads of embellishments to use. I had such fun with this kit. 

All cards were made using  Wplus9 Santa's Reindeer images; designer paper Carta Bella Merry Christmas.

Card No. 1 - Stampin Up cardstock - Mossy Meadow; bling and washi tape - Terry's stash; Copic Markers - E33, E35, E37; G21; N10, R17, R46.


 Card No. 2 - Cardstock - Stampin Up Bashful Blue and silver glitter cardstock; Copic Markers, E50, E51, E53; N10, R17, R27; Y18.

 

Card No. 3 - Stampin Up cardstock- Real Red; Copic Markers E33, E35, E37; N10; R46; Y18

 Card No. 4 - This one is similar to a card that Terry included in her kit. Cardstock - Stampin Up Whisper White, Handsome Hunter; Copic Markers - B0000; E21, E22, E25; E50, E51, E53; N10, G24; R00, R17, R27; Y19

That's all for today. Thanks so much Terry for a great card kit. I still have some images left that I intend to use.


Noel Christmas

 Hello again my friends. It's Monday late afternoon. I was able to finish taking my tree down and now everything is packed away until next time. I did pull out just a couple of things that I haven't used in a few years that I'm going to donate to an organization. 

I've got some more cards to share. These cards were from a card kit from Darlene (luvcardmaking on SCS). Her stamp set and pattern paper was from Craft Consortium. I made one more card, but unfortunately, I didn't get a photo of it. Sorry, Darlene. Also, the one with NOEL on it was put on a card base with a dp of my own. 



 These were pretty easy to put together. Both use Stampin Up Real Red cardstock for the card base. Card #1 has the Craft Consortium designer paper. I also used the Nestabilities oval die and Lacey scallop oval die mounted over a strip of ribbon included in the kit and then added the poinsettia flowers along the bottom. The only Copic markers were R46 and G21.

Card #2 used the same stamp set which was cut with another Nestabilities die. I added a few red stars and a bow made with Stampin Up Real Red cardstock. Lucky they were easy to make. Thanks Darlene for the fun card kit.



Sunday, January 2, 2022

Christmas Birds and Bunnies

 Hello my friends. Happy Sunday evening. It's the day after the New Year started. I spent most of the day taking down decorations from around the house and off the tree packing everything away in their crates. I tried to be more organized with everything so I hope I have an easier time next year getting it all back out again. I'm so glad that I purchased a plastic crate a few years ago to pack away the tree ornaments. It's large and has three layers with dividers to keep them all separate so they don't get broken. It makes it so easy to put away and bring out. I had a couple of Christmas movies on while I worked and that made the time go by faster. 

Now I'm playing catch up with all the cards I made over the month of December for my Christmas cards. I found that I didn't have enough from what I made through the year. Lucky for me I was in a card swap group where we got to choose our theme for the card kits that the other members sent to us and my theme was Christmas. So I got all my kits out and made a bunch of Christmas cards.  Here are the first two. I'll have a few posts over the next several days getting them all on my blog.

This kit was from Tracie (taclary on SCS). She sent me a stamp set and tons of embellishments to use. I made one card with the birds and one with the bunnies. I neglected to write down what designer paper she sent.



Materials used:

  • Images - Stampendous, Birds and Bunnies
  • Card 2 Sentiment - wooden cut outs
  • Cardstock #1 - Stampin Up Wasabi; Card #2 - Stampin Up Bordering Blue
  • Ink  - Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Accessories - Frantage White; White liquid applique; Snowflake sequins, red flower sequins; poinsettia; ribbon; Nestabilities round die, scallop round die.
  • Copic Markers; E000, E04, E07, E08, E13, E23; E30; G12, G21; R05, R14, R17, R37; N04, Y18

I will most likely be using this set again this coming year to make up some more cards. I love the images. Wishing you a very blessed and Happy New Year!