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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Forms of Light

When my husband travels, I am free to craft with abandon!  Meaning, I don't have to clean everything up right away.  Which, I am sure, he would be to differ.   I can hear his voice in my head, "Like you ever really clean all that crafty crap up anyway."

I combined some of my doodle techniques along with cut files - forms of light ~~.   I love to doodle. 

Circle from Cricut Basic Shapes 4,5 inch diameter
Moon from Create a Critter
Smile and eyes from Create a Critter

 I used a macro lens to catch the close-up doodling on the picture above.
The one below reflects the light colors of the paper on the black background of the card.

Up, up and away

I did not come up with this idea, Geekfactor12, over at the Woot derby came up with the idea for a screen print on a shirt.  With his permission I tried to create it on paper and I really like it.  So did he! 

The balloon cut is from Pop Up NeighborhoodTrees from Stretch Your ImaginationAll other cuts were from Cricut Font and Basic ShapesEverything was cut in white and colored with Copic markers.

5.5x4.5 card base, foam tape for pop off the paperFancy Pants and Cricut papers

Did you hear the moose?

This is a card I made that could be used for a man.  
The head of the moose is cut 6 times and layered. The moose is from Animal Antics cartridgeThe body I only cut once and cut half of him off.  The squares and frames are cut from Wild Card and French ManorFancy Pants paper in burlap, and trees, black paper is DCVW
The shadow of the moose, male and female on the inside, layered with the cut outs from the frame on the outside of the card. 
I personally liked this card.  

Simple card

I'm trying to improve my card making skills by going back to the simple.
This pup from Paper Pups cartridge.  He's holding a big flower from Walk in My Garden.
The puppy is cut 8 times and layered, the flower is cut 3 times and layered, then I added stickles. Once the stickles were dry, I added the outline with my .05 Micron pen.

The inside left of the card has a single cut of the pup waving through a window.  On the left you can see how thick the layers of the pup were on the outside of the card. 
5.5x4.5 card base.
Nice card for men or women.

Create something New everyday

My friend, Laurie, gave me a T-shirt with this saying on it.  Create Something New Everyday.  It's the kind of saying that's been around a long time, but when she saw it, she thought of me and I think that is great.  Still working on Christmas.  Here is what I made this week...............
This little cosmetic bag, or ditty bag is made out of the bottom of an old pair of blue jeans. 
These little felt flowers I made, have clips on them, so they can come off as the decoration and fold the lip up and clip them to the top and throw it in your other bag or suitcase.  The bag sits on a folded and sewn bottom, but I made a little insert bottom out of cardboard and covered with the blue jean sewed over it. 
DH was impressed.  I made this in a little over an hour.  It was super easy.  Another gift for the Christmas party at church.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 August

I took on this burdensome task at my church.  It is the annual Christmas Dinner.  It's the largest single thing attended other than worship.  I've done it for 3 years.  The last 3 years I've organized entertainment from performing people in the congregation, showcasing their mostly unseen talents. This year, I decided to go totally different and showcase the crafts and artistry of people in the congregation.  Boy is it hard finding those people.  Anyway, I have to have over 300 gifts for the party, so I've been trying to create something new everyday.

 Twins card for baby shower at church!

Soda can caddy, Straws, forks, spoons, knives and napkins

And this one, a four pack to hold pencils and pens.  The flower in the center is a hair bow felt flower I made.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

So, I've been gone about a month, VBS at Church, camping with my sister and loving on my grand-daughter that lives in Hawaii.  I enjoyed her being here so much. Now, the house is quiet and I am back in my craft room. 

Just Because CardsNew ArrivalChristmas CheerCricut Font and Shapes
"Twinkle, TwinkleLittle StarDo you know holoved you are"Printed on my printer using Gigi Font

I cut the fish and reel off the fishing pole from Just Because Cards, Hung the baby bundle on the moon (cut 7 times)Stars from Christmas Cheer and Cricut Fonts and ShapesCut 6 times each. Fancy Pants PapersHappy welcome into the world baby, you have a star placed in the sky. 

Friday, July 3, 2015

Anchors Away

This card is for the sketch at Cardabilities.  When I haven't had a design show up in my dreams, then I head over there for a sketch to follow, and get enthused that way.  This is my card for that sketch:

Most of these cuts are from the Life's A Beach Cricut cartridgeThe anchor was cut 9 times to make it pop without foam. pop dots.
Seagulls on the inside 

Fancy Pants papers

Entered in:  

Cardabilities Sketch #126

I also want to mention that Inspiration Destination Challenge Blog is one of my very favorites.  It is always Anything Goes, but one of the best things is that they are not just a "random" draw.  The DT there also lists their favorite work.  I've been listed there before.  I don't need a prize, but recognition is the best award ever.  Thank you DT at Inspiration Destination. 

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Celebrate Freedom

It's celebration time.  We are doing some camping.
I'm sending this card to a couple who is shut-in on this holiday. 

 I used George and Basic Shapes Cartridge, one of my oldest cartridges.  I had to use George to build the pennants because, UNBELIEVABLY, I don't have a cartridge with one of these shape pennants.

 I used Summer Celebrations for the firework burst and the firecracker inside, a hand punch for the small stars and some Stickles to smear around some flashy bursts.  White Uniball pen for the stitching.  Paper was scrap, I had the polka dot blue and white paper and then I colored over it with a Copic Marker.  Same with the Red.  I liked how it turned out with the dots muted.

Happy Freedom Day everyone! 

Entered in: Bitten By The Bug - Flag or Banner

Crafty Cardmakers and More - Sentiment #141

Monday, June 22, 2015

Hyrdrangea Sympathy

I made this card for my friend, Laurie, who had recently lost her Maw-Maw.  I love hydrangea.  I see it as a great flower for weddings and funerals.  Attached to the body of the plant, hydrangea can stand through the heat and the cold and still come back the next year.  Away from the plant, the flowers are fragile and wilt quickly.  Just as life is.

This cut is from the Cricut Walk In My Garden
I really wanted the depth of the flowers... I had to painstakingly remove the large parts of the cut to get more of the little flowers.  I alternated using the 1/16 brads and the white pen to mark the centers. The cuts for the leaves are not true to life so I had to scissor notch them in some places. 

My messy table space

The "With Sympathy" and "Thinking of You" stamps were made for me by
They have also made the personal stamp I use on the back of my cards. 
I love them for stamps! 

The flowers on this card were very dense so I took care when I mailed it and placed a small cushion sheet in the envelope.

Entered in:
Fantabulous Cricut - Anything Goes #254

Monday, June 8, 2015

Happy Birthday Mother In Love

I have a great mother-in-law.  Lots of people complain about theirs, but I really do love mine.  She is knowledgeable and funny.  I got her a really funny birthday present which I'm not showing here in case she sees it.

The basket is from the cricut cartridge My Community.
The flowers are from Walk In My Garden
The Just For You Flag is from Close To My Heart 
Lady Bug Brad from Eyelet Outlet 

The little metal Happy Birthday Tag is from a clearance package I got awhile back and can't remember the maker. 

It's the serious part of the birthday -The card.  I made my husband look up something to write in the card.  You'd think I threatened to send him to the dentist!  Men! 

Happy Birthday, Anne.  I love you.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Hello Tweety-Pie

The challenge at Aud Sentiments is Cute, with a sentiment.  

I bought these cute animal stamps from Pink Cat Studio, this is the bird from that set.  The sentiment is from Close To My Heart. 

I created this easel card by cutting the frame on cricut
Stamping off the   image and putting the squares back in at different arrangements
The outside of the frame I stamped with my own stamp in different variations. 

This adorable image and the fun framing made me laugh.  If you are a regular at my blog than you know I like cards that make me laugh.

Entered in:

Aud Sentiments Challege - Cute with a sentiment

Summer Fun

The challenge at Chocolate, Coffee and Cards is fun in the sun.  This play on words just made me happy.

Whatever Floats Your Goat
Goat from Cricut Animal Antics
Sun-Cricut Critters
Cricut Shapes and Font
Float is an O from the Cricut Font

The MAA is the sound of a goat according to cricut
so I added HA HA. 

It really did make me laugh, so I hope it makes you laugh too! 

Entered in: 

Summer Fun #92-Choclate, Coffee & Cards

Cute plus a sentiment Aud Sentiments

Fusion Card Challenge - Color

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Happy Girls!

The theme over at Bitten By The Bug 2 is "Let's Dance" use a dance cut.  Right away, I knew I wanted to use this Art Deco cartridge image.

Tooling around the internet is read this quote and loved it, but I didn't know what I would use it on.  This theme lent itself to perfectly. 

Entered in:
Bitten By The Bug 2 - Let's Dance

Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes

Inspiration Destination Anything Goes

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Thanks A Bunch!

My friend, Joanne, at Chocolate, Coffee & Cards, has a challenge for Thank You Cards, and I decided to join her.  Two weeks ago, I made 20 wonderful Thank You cards, I colored, painted, stitched, glued and festooned some beautiful cards... but forgot to take a picture of a single one!  I have this one ready though.  I followed the sketch at Fantabulous Cricut. 

I used the rounded square cuts from Cricut Font and Basic Shapes. 

 The flowers are cut from a tamp I have had a very long time. 
Green Floss for stitching
Buttons and Jute for ties
Thank You Medallion
Grossgrain Ribbon

Must SayThank You #91 -ChocolateCoffeeCards

Fantaublous Cricut #252 Follow the Sketch

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Cardabilities Sketch #138

This gift box is my entry for Cardabilities Sketch #138

I know most of the sketches are meant to be done as scrapbook pages, but I just can't do scrap-booking anymore.  Long story.

So, I took the sketch and moved the elements to each end instead of on top of each other. 

The image is called a Wheelbarrow of Sweetness.  I got it a long time ago, but I can't remember the origin.  This was a great time to refine some of my skills with copics and they're getting better. 

Thanks for stopping by. 

Cardabilites Sketch #138

Craft Your Passion #263

And a new place, that I was tickled to find:

Monday, May 18, 2015

Hello Tweety Monday

I'm traveling across the country to take care of two of my dear grandson's while my son goes on some publicity tours for his new book (on presale now at Amazon).  Not so you would buy, just because I'm proud.  

This tree is from Pink Cat Studios.  I downloaded this digital stamp and I really love it. I feel like I will be able to use it in many different applications. Like snowflakes instead of leaves at Christmas.

I copied the circular dot design into the grass to bring cohesion between the art that was provided and the art that was added.  I also drew the green heart above the two birds on the swing. 

The "Hello Tweety" stamp is from Close To My Heart. I love the bird themed stamps and cages on that set.  

As those who follow me know, I feel strongly about finishing the inside of a card.  It just doesn't seem right to put so much effort onto the front of the card and have the inside be boring and uneven in weight.  I finish out the inside with a like color matte and most of the time leave it without a sentiment until ready to send.

Slingshots and spots

I love love love, OkieLadyBug.  She's hilarious and it makes my day to read her blog.  If you haven't seen her or read some of her stuff here's a good chance: OkieLadyBug Facebook Chit.  Loved it.

Okay, this week I'm using the free digi of Boy with Slingshot from Little Scraps of Heaven Designs. 
I'm still learning to use the Copic techniques I learned in my standard certification class.  I'm so limited in Copic marker supply, so I really have to do base stuff like layering and layering color, but also finding the right card-stock that won't pill.

I did this card for a challenge over at Crafty Card Makers. and at Cardabilities Sketch Challenge.  But, life got in the way and I didn't get it posted. But one of my favorite challenge sites Craft Your Passion, I was in time for.  Yay!

Here is what I learned on this card: To make the splotches, I held my copic marker down on the page so the color bled onto the paper.  I then took the colorless blender and set it on top of the splotch so that it got that drip look.  Short flicks to make the splotch spread and dot it around and the splotches are good.

The quadruple layer of this card keeps some interest and I made 2 of the backgrounds. 
For the knees of the overalls I used a crosshatch pen method and the colorless blender to make the thread bare look of most little boys pants in the knees.

I'm learning so much.  While participating in challenges keeps me interested, playing in my art, touches my heart! 

Friday, May 8, 2015

Be Kind

This week I heard a study on NPR about kindness.  To kids, high school and below; Do your parents emphasize good grades or being kind as something more important? 
What do you think? 
The study was 87% parents cared about grades
and a measly 11% cared about moral aptitudes. 
Be Kind was one I learned in Sunday school. 
But, there aren't that many kids in Sunday school anymore either.
Be Kind to each other is what Ellen says at the end of each of her shows. 
Be Kind to Each Other! 

Puddle Jumper..... Noah  and his little chicky

Some Odd sheets of paper
Green Ribbon
"Sending You a Smile" stamp is my own creation made at Stamping Out online.

Copic Colors
Be Kind Tag

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