I Was a Winner at SAS4Kids


Saturday, April 22, 2017

Happy Father's Day

So I've started working on some Father's Day cards for the SendASmile4Kids organization.  I've been choosing designs I like from Pinterest & this came from a Split Coast Stamper rbright & was posted back in January 2010!!  I figured out the measurements myself and changed it up a bit, but in general it's the same design.  I like to use up the multitudes of patterned paper I have & this card fit the bill.  The patterned paper is from Recollection's Prince Charming Paper Pad, and the blue card base & brown paper used were from my stash.  The tools & sentiment stamps are from Hero Arts #CL335.  I colored the little tools in using my Promarker's Warm Grey 1 and Warm Grey 5.....and get this...those little brown enamels in the lower right corner...I made them a long way back melting Perler Beads in the oven...who'd of thunk!!  Thanks so much for stopping by to take a peek!

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Saturday, April 15, 2017


My daughter Elaine & her husband Bryan have been married for 5 years yesterday April 14th!!  They just welcomed their third child into this world several months ago, and so it's been a very busy 5 crazy years for them!!   I  googled 5th anniversary colors like the weirdo I am, and silver & pink were a couple of the suggested colors. I made this anniversary card for them,using the color of the bridesmaid dresses/wedding theme color which happened to be pink & silver!  I placed the Altenew Halftone Circles stamps in a pattern consistent with the Altenew Sketch Challenge using my Misti.  First I inked the pink ones & stamped them with Momento Rose Bud ink.  Then I stamped the other two circles with Versamark ink & heat embossed them using a silver embossing powder.   I stamped the sentiment with Versamark & also heat embossed that with the same silver powder.  The pink bow that the charm is attached to is from my stash.  The charm says To Love and to Cherish.  I was digging deep into my stash for some sort of embellishment & found it in the bottom of the box.  I know I saved it from a past family wedding favor, and thought it fit perfectly on this card!  Thanks so much for stopping by to take a peek!!

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Saturday, April 8, 2017

Happy Mother's Day

So I decided I wanted to make a bunch of cards today and proceeded to start off with a new stamp set I hadn't used yet from Winnie & Walter called In Bloom: Lola's Bouquet with Joni Andaya.  It has a bunch of flower layering, leaf layering, and several vase stamp choices.  I thought I might make a Mother's Day card & enter it in the Winnie &Walter Rerun Challenge, casing design team member Heather Hoffman's card.  WELL...let's just say that I don't think it comes close to hers but besides that, it defeated the whole purpose of making a "bunch" of cards, because I had to do all kinds of masking & thinking!!!  So....no bunch of cards today...and that's okay, it was still fun & I now have a Mother's Day card to give to my Mom.  The fact that she doesn't see as well as she used to at her 86 years of age is a blessing for me because I totally screwed up the stamping of the sentiment as you can see!  The Happy Mother's Day sentiment is from a Hero Arts set (CL334). Thanks so much for stopping by to take a peek!!

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Inspiration Abounds!

So I've made another card to send to my coworker battling cancer.  She in her own words "is very lucky" because the chemotherapy treatments she endures do not make her sick to her stomach...just very tired.  I think she takes chemo only once a week, but I am still amazed as all my coworkers are, that she has seemed to never miss a day of work since she's been diagnosed!!  She said there is no sense in sitting home dwelling on her sickness,  I was actually inspired by a Pinterest link from the blog "Simply Stamped" from April 2013!   I recently purchased the Halftone Circles stamp set from Altenew & knew it would work perfectly with this sketch!!  The dark blue & yellow ink colors were Memento Dye Inks, and the Turquoise ink is Turquoise Gem Chalk ink from Versamark.  The "Sending You Good Vibes" is from the Avery Elle set called Sending You, and the You Are My Inspiration" stamp is from the same Halftone Circles used on the card.  I stamped all those sentiments with Versafine Black Onyx Ink using the Misti so that I could reink & stamp them several times to get a dark sentiment over the inked circles.  Thanks so much for stopping by to take a peak!!

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Happy Spring!

Even though we've had a rather mild winter here in Northern Kentucky, I'm still looking forward to Spring! Some of our spring bulbs have already come up & bloomed and I have no idea how our perennials will fair with all this warm/cold back & forth weather lately.  I saw a card on the MASKerade pinterest site & tried to recreate it with my own stamps & flowers. This flower is actually the outline of a layered stamp from the Geometric Flowers set from Altenew.  I LOVE the layered flower sets they have, but also like to stamp just the outline with Versamark & emboss with white embossing powder & color it in with Zig Clean Color Brush Markers as I did here.  I added a black enamel dot to the center of the flower, and stamped the word "happy" from the MFT All Occasions Sentiment set & cut the "spring" word from the Walter & Winnie Big, Bold & Seasons set.  Talk about mixing it up!!  Anyway..I added one yellow sequins behind the word happy just to give it a tiny bit extra.  I love CAS cards & I created two more just like it coloring the flower in with an orange & blue zig marker!  Thanks for stopping by to take a peek!

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Trials Make Us Stronger

I love making cards but am not super creative by nature, so I love to look at Pinterest to get ideas on how to use the stamps I really like and own to come up with ideas.  I came across this Pinterest post at https://stampercamper.com/2017/01/01/special-reason/.  I loved the design & technique she used so I recreated it with a flower stamp of my own.  It is actually a layered stamp set from Altenew called Majestic Blooms but I only used the outline stamp to make my flower.   I'm not sure I actually did the exact same technique, but did what I thought was similar and liked the outcome!  I stamped & heat embossed the flower outline with Versamark & white embossing powder.  Then I turned it over & "colored" it with Tim Holtz Picked Raspberry distress ink & cut it out with the coordinating die.  I used the same die & cut the flower out of white card stock & glued the colored vellum over top of the card stock die.  I then popped the entire flower up on some white card stock with foam tape & stamped the sentiment with Versafine Black Pigment Ink.  OF COURSE...in all my creative frenzy...I cannot find the sentiment stamp set but I believe it is from the Unity Stamp Co.  I added some silver sequins in the flower center & around the sentiment, added the entire panel to some pink card stock I had on hand that matched the pink of the flower, then adhered that to a white card base.  I repeated the whole process to make more of the same card using the colors yellow, orange, purple & pistachio ink for the flower.   I will mail the pink version you see here to my coworker battling cancer.  The others ( with different sentiments) will be donated to a children's hospital!  I'm sorry that the only picture of my card that I captured is blurry!! Thanks for stopping by to take a peek!!

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Monday, February 6, 2017

Just Dropping You A Line

I learned recently that a coworker of mine has cancer & will have to undergo chemotherapy.  I made this card for her just to let her know I was thinking of her and hopefully bringing a little smile to her face.  Both the image & sentiment are from a set from Serendipity Stamps Inc called Three Dresses.  I bought it a while ago....I think from a yard sale or something, and had never used it before.  I think the sentiment is so clever with the image!  I colored the three dresses with some watercolors I bought at Michael's recently, and cut it out with a stitched rectangle die.  The blue mat & patterned paper behind that both came from a DCWV set called Citrus Stack.  I think she'll like it and I really enjoyed making it for her!  Thanks for stopping by to check it out!

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Happy Birthday Mom!

I have not posted anything recently because of course ..Christmas happened...but more importantly..I vowed to never make another card until I completely reorganized my craft room & purged a lot of product at the same time!  Although I probably vowed to do the same thing the last 2 years, I really meant it this time and did not make or send out any cards since that last post.  I am happy to say I made a lot of progress, but still have a lot of work to do.  However I could not disregard my mother's 86th birthday.  She will turn 86 on this Monday January 16th, and I have made her birthday cards for about the last seven years at least, so I couldn't disappoint her!!  Purple/Lavender is her most favorite color of all times....it has not changed over many, many years!  I know first hand & have a constant reminder.  My husband & I bought her & my dad's house about 16 years ago.  Our master bath tub is lavender as well as the sinks, and there are strategic bath tiles of lavender in both the shower & on the tile floor.  Her next favorite color is rose, and that is the color of tile & fixtures in our second bathroom!!  When they sold us their house, they moved into a condo and my Mom proceeded to paint the bathrooms & walls there in lavender & rose...who'd of thunk!!  We have not been able to remodel the house since we bought it due to economic woes & I think when my mom visits from time to time...that's just fine with her!!  Anyway...enough storytelling..here is the card I created for her....oh...I forgot to say...butterflies are another one of her passions!!  I have never used these  butterfly stamp & die cuts before, and sadly, I cannot even tell you where I got them from.  I'm sure I probably purchased them with my Mom in mind!!  I colored them with my Promarkers & then added some shimmer with a Wink of Stella  marker, and added a few Pretty Pink Posh clear droplets! Well...sorry I ranted on too much, but thanks for listening & I hope you like my card & I thank you for stopping by!!

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