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Friday, April 20, 2018

Birthday Blog Candy

I am having a little Birthday Blog Candy- over on Instagram : )
Come join me! HERE is the link

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Snipping in......

A little fun using- yes-cutting into some coveted DP.  It is hard to find Oriental DP, and this has to be at least 10 years old.  So.......snip- yep, using it up!  

This first card created for a Sketch challenge over at About Oriental Stamp Art (Yahoo Group). I used the crane images by Michael Strong and embossed them directly onto the gold cardstock. I also used up a small amount of ribbon as well. 

I made a second card as a RAK for a member of the AOSA group- using a  Crafters Companion set- I guess it is not available anymore. 

 I was drawn to Oriental art before my daughter moved there to teach, and still enjoy it after her three years there and 3 trips to Asia for me!  (So glad she is closer to home though!).


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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Dueling Darlings- Rain or Shine

 Its the 15th of the month, and that means it is time for the Dueling Darlings : )  This month Barb (Divas) and Tracie (Dazzlers) have challenged us to create with the theme Rain or Shine.

 This sweet image is Sophie by Whipper Snapper. The image was stamped on Neenah Class Crest Paper with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.  I fussy cut the image and used Copics for coloring. I tried to use a bit of each DP that was sent along : )  The DP's are from Photoplay "Spring in my Garden".  The small piece of yellow paper (Sun) is from Doodlebug called "Anchors Aweigh".  I fussy cut the rainbow out of one page, and the sun is part of another : )
    The sentiment is from Two Paper Divas called "Rain or Shine".  I did not use an umbrella die is from Memory Box called "Petite Umbrella", or the yellow seam binding ribbon

Be sure to hop along and see what the other Dazzlers- my team, and the Diva's have made!

Divas and Dazzlers links : )
Blogs : Barb  , Carol ,  Judy ,   Heather  , Kelly  LJ  Tami
SCS Galleries:  Suzy  , Terry S 

Blogs: Darlene  ,  Donna Jeanette  , Shelly- you are here, Terry L  , Tracie

SCS Galleries:   Paola , Terry A , Debbie B

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Play Ball!

My husband LOVES baseball, he plays in an over 55 league.  So, each year I like to create a Birthday card for him with a Baseball theme. So, here is his 2018 card:
 I used stamps from Technique Junkies, I stamped this baseball background stamp in (SU) Gray, and used the TH stamping platform- to get a nice crisp image,  The glove and sentiment are both stamped in Black Tuxedo Memento. I added just a pop of red and -perfect card for him- he loved it!

 Last year in November, he broke his ankle sliding into home, so has been working soooo hard with Physical therapy and working out to get back and play ball!  Crossing my fingers and toes for him!

Inspire.Create.Challenge- Masculine
Get Creative- No Patterned Paper
The Paper Girls- Masculine

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Tuesday Throwdown-Creative Corners

Cutting Cafe is our Sponsor this week over at Tuesday Throwdown, and we are using 'Creative Corners' on our cards.

 This group of images is called "For the Love of Lemons". I printed it out twice, and fussy cut out the lemons. I popped up a second layer for dimension. The image was colored with Artesa brush pens. I used a really ancient (lol) corner punch on the edges and on the upper Rt corner, used a stylus and rolled the corner. The DP is Basic Grey, the cardstock is SU Daffodil.

We'd love to have you join us with a fun creative idea for your corners on your project!  Don't forget to check out the other DT members blogs as well : )

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Monday, April 9, 2018

Altered Paintbrushes

This month, my ATC group decided to try something new- we altered paintbrushes.  I made three all together and traded two of them.

 This is brush #1
 I used Pink and Green paints after the brush was prepped (which is I will show below). I would paint on a color and use a spritz bottle and let the color thin out and run. I also used some modeling paste and a stencil to add some texture on the handle.
  The mushrooms image is Unity, the gnomes are Gerda Steiner for the Monthly Progressive challenge. I think these 2 images are perfect together : ) 

On to Paintbrush #2

 A close-up

The Birdcage is Prima, and it is paintedsilver metallic.  The birds are from a die as is the branch, and the flowers- from my stash. The ribbon is all hand-dyed from.....I have to check that.  I used alot of stickles on this brush. The bottom of the brush- the bristles are covered with paint and stickles as well- so it very shimmery.

Brush #3

   The findings on this brush are from Prima and Melissa Francis. The rhinestones are colored with Copics and wrapped around the handle.

 This brush was claimed by my mother : )

The brushes are 3" and were purchased at the dollar tree.  I did sand the handles lightly just to make sure the paint would adhere over the varnish.

Next, I painted the entire brush with white Gesso. After Gesso, I painted on Crackle paint, so all of the brushes have crackle look on them. This was quick and I painted all three at the same time.

This is a picture of all of the group brushes- we all exchanged one- my mom exchanged one of mine, so I traded the first two.

Gerda Steiner Progressive Freebie April

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Friday, April 6, 2018

COF April Hearts

For the April Crafters of Faith challenge, aka COF, our hostess Tracie challenged us to use a heart on our cards.  Here is the Scripture she asked us to ponder:
Scripture: "Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your Heart" Psalms 37:4

 One of my favorite scriptures : )  This stamp was one of my earlier purchases- it is from Embossing Arts, and the heart from Michael Strong.
  The DP is by Prima. And, you gotta love how the ribbon matches the DP : )

The Crafters of Faith is a group on SCS. We have a challenge hostess from the group give us a challenge each month based on a scripture. It is an OPEN group, so if you would like to join us, drop Kelly a line!  Check out the other COF cards on Splitcoast HERE!  

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Monday, April 2, 2018

MIni Art

   ATC post for today.  I joined a Unity ATC group and love that as it will encourage me to use my stamps!!!

 Apparently I was in a purple mood the days I created these ATC's.  I used Distress Oxide Inks on these projects.  For this first ATC, I lightly used blue ink over the image which I stamped in Black Tuxedo Memento ink on Neenah cardstock. I colored in the butterfly with Copics. Next, I used 2 different stencils and added more Distress Ink in blues and purples. And, I added a Dew Drop in blue. There is also a touch of sparkle inside the dragonfly,

 This ATC uses the technique Jennifer McGuire showcased recently where you lift color from flowers using a waterbrush. I added sparkle in the small dots around the flowers using a Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen.

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Saturday, March 31, 2018

Mornings...Start too Early!

 I am last minute again doing the Gerda Steiner Progressive Freebie Digi challenge.

  I colored the image with Colored Pencils (inexpensive brand), blended with a touch of Gamsol then fussy cut it out.  I added some older SU DSP to the back of the panel.
  The sentiment is from Create with TLC- and is SOooooooooo me!  My friend and her husband and my husband are all morning people. I can adjust when we travel together, but would rather stay up a little later and sleep in : ) 

Gerda Steiner Progressive Digital image

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

CYS- What I love.......

The March challenge for the CYS group, given to us by Heather is to "Create something with YOU in Mind".  And, since we are creating using our stash...I decided to CASE a card fun fold from another group I am in.

 I made a U-fold/Bridge card : )
 I created using a very old Penny Black Stamp, some DP from when Pool Party was an in-color and a couple of die sets that have been used maybe once from My Favorite Things.

A place to write a message- this is the view from the back : )  I used DSP (SU), and glitter Washi Tape and a shimmery white card colored with pink copic marker for the balloons, and glittery washi for the strings.

This is looking down into the card from the front:

 I rec'd the directions and a kit for this card from Betty aka Betty Murphy at SCS- here is her kit:

 and looking down inside from the front:
 My go to thing I LOVE to do is to try a new Technique of fun fold that I have not tried before.  I like to try alot of different things : )   This is so fun and quick that for sure ai will be making this again!  Maybe I can figure out the measurements and make an ATC like this- that would really be fun!

The CYS group can be located here.  List mom Barb had the brilliant idea- lets use our stash items- with a monthly theme, I am sure finding no shortage of items to use in my creative space for this challenge...!!! Even those in the 'get rid of' pile....... HERE is a link to all of the March cards using something all of the members of the group love!-all posted on Splitcoast for this challenge.

 The group says closed- but we ARE open to new members!

Crafty Wednesday- All Creatures Great and Small

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