Sunday, January 22, 2017

Pleated Thank You

Here's a thank you card with a pleated panel making use of some pretty Soho Garden double-sided designer paper by American Crafts. I used a Bermuda Bay card base, along with some hello honey cardstock for the scalloped circle and "tails" which were made with a SU! bow builder punch. The sentiment was done with a long-retired SU! stamp and a tiny punched flower in the center. I finished this off with some yellow & white gingham ribbon and a few yellow gemstones.

I'm sharing this over at the Little Red Wagon challenge #377 which is "Thank You."

 Thanks for stopping by today and may the rest of your weekend be a good one!


Saturday, January 21, 2017

You're So Sweet

I found this stamped image in my box of doo-dads but I have no idea who makes it. I'm thinking it may be a High Hopes design, but I can't be sure. I colored it with Copics and made a herringbone background from snippets of cardstock strips to make it colorful for a youngster's card. The background was embossed with a SU! decorative dots ef and I'm not really sure if the sentiment was computer generated or stamped - because that was in my doo-dad box too! I often print/stamp duplicates and if I don't use them, they get tossed into this 12x12 tub of elements that are found and used later on.

I'm sharing this with the Shopping our Stash SOS#286 which has a theme of Fantastic Beasts.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend and thanks so much for stopping by!


Friday, January 20, 2017

Winter Wonderland

Here's a wintry card I made to take me out of the Valentine mode for a little while! LOL I used a SU! Perfect Pines die to cut the tree and "decorated it" with another die from the set. The snowy hills were done with a Lawn Fawn stitched hillside set of dies, and the background embossing was done with a SU! Softly Fallen ef. All elements were die-cut and embossed with my Big Shot. The sentiment is from Northwoods and the gold mirror star was done with a SU! mini star punch.
There's my first card done for the 2017 stash, and although it's a Christmas card, it still fits the category of a "winter wonderland" so I'm entering this into the Cuttlebug Mania Tuesday challenge for January 2017 - which is "A Winter Wonderland."

Thanks for stopping by and I wish you a wonderful Friday!


Thursday, January 19, 2017

Valentine Treat Box

I made a couple of these treat boxes for Valentine's day with red and pastel pink cardstock. They're fun to put together and they hold quite a bit of candy for their small size.
I used a set of Window Box thinlet dies to make the box, and used a Sealed with a Kiss sentiment for the box top. I added some Hero Arts gemstones to the top just for a little sparkle.
I'm sharing this with the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge which is "anything but a card."

Thanks for stopping by and I wish you a wonderful day!


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Hey Chick!

Today I have a card that makes use of a new stamp set from SU! called "Hey Chick." I stamped the image on kraft, and colored it with Derwent watercolor pencils, then cut it along with some snippets of cardstock and dsp with Lil Inker stitched rectangle dies and placed it on a vanilla card base. The sentiment is from the stamp set.

I'm entering this into the following challenges:

Thanks for checking in today and have yourself a wonderful Wednesday!


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Pink & Gray

Sorry for the bad photo of today's card. It's a cloudy day here and no sun = bad pictures!
The challenge at Cards in Envy this week is to use the colors of pink and gray, so I pulled out some pastel pink bazzill cardstock along with some pre-embossed designer paper I found at Tuesday Morning for a bargain price. I die cut the heart with a SSS thank-you heart die set, then stamped it with a SU! Pictogram Punch sentiment, adding a silver mirror card punched heart done with a SU! mini heart punch. The scalloped heart border was done with a SNSS die in both pink and basic gray cardstock, and I interchanged the gray hearts into the pink for a little fun interest.
Most times I make 2 of each card to build up my supply, so I made a 2nd card of this design but I had a smudge on the sentiment...

so I added some sparkly gray and silver twine tied into a little bow. The only other difference is that this version has a gray card base while the one above is pink.

Thanks for stopping by and I wish you a great day whatever you happen to be doing!


Sunday, January 15, 2017

Mini Valentines

I've been having a blast with the SU! Sealed with Love bundle of stamps and framelit dies, and here are 2 mini Valentines I made with them. These measure 2-1/2 x 3-1/2 and the card bases are vanilla with a red panel on top. These mini envelopes are made with dies from the framelit set and I didn't realize they closed like this until I saw a card posted on Pinterest! DUH! The inserts are also dies from the set, and I stamped them with assorted tiny stamps that are included in the set. There's even a die for the envelope liners as you can see on the top left! I can't help it - I just get giddy with this versatile fun set of crafting goodies!
The colors used are SU! real red, crumb cake and very vanilla, and I used a SU! mini heart punch for the heart accents too.
Of course these are going into my Cards from the Heart box which is just about finished and ready to send in.  I already mailed my grandchildren's boxes of valentine cards to them as well, so now maybe I can concentrate on other themes besides Valentine's day! For once I'm well ahead of the game and I'm thankful when things work out in a timely manner.

Thanks for stopping by and make it a great day. My husband says "go Steelers!"

(as for me and football......pfft!)


Saturday, January 14, 2017

More Valentines

I'm furiously working on my valentines for the Cards from the Heart Valentine card drive as they need to be mailed soon for distribution. For my cards today, I chose a few designer paper sheets which were in my stash, but the covers for the paper pads are long gone, so I'm not sure who makes them. This pretty pink paper caught my eye immediately, so I paired it with a fun Unity image which I heat-embossed with gold and colored with matching Copics. The sentiment reads "My heart belongs to you" so I thought that would make a great Valentine for an older child.

Here's another one made with some fun paper that has pink love birds in the cages and tiny hearts on the tree branches. I heat embossed this image with black ink and colored with Copic markers too. I made several of these cards using other designer papers because they make quick work of making a valentine.

I'm entering them into the Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper challenge for January, where all you need to do for the challenge is use patterned paper! Check!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope your weekend is off to a fabulous one!


Friday, January 13, 2017

Valentines for Kids

This Inky Antics bear is one of my favorite images for making Valentines for kids. I colored him with Copics and die cut the panel with a Gina Marie stitched oval, and matted with a piece of red that was die cut with a SB scalloped oval. The border was done with a die I found at a trade show some years ago, and it's by Ellentina.

Here's the same cute bear on a 2-1/2 x 3-1/2 card, with a plain red backing. I've made a lot of smaller cards with this design, both for the Cards From the Heart drive, as well as for my 2 DGD's valentine card assortment.

Wishing you a happy Friday and thanks so much for stopping by!


Thursday, January 12, 2017

Birthday Card

I wanted to play along with the Tuesday Morning Sketch #385, so I pulled some papers from my overflowing bin of snippets and put this card together. I used a small piece of watercolor paper and sponged it with 3 different distress inks, then stamped a SNSS floral background with smoky slate ink (stamped off once) before adding the birthday sentiment in versafine onyx black ink. The embossed panel was done with a Damask ef, and I added some SU! enamel dots to finish this one. Everything matched nicely until I added the main focal panel, and realized that the yellow ink didn't match the pale coral panel very well. Oh well, it looked good in my head before I started it! LOL

Have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by :)