Friday, July 25, 2014

Muse #71 and Cards for Danny

When I saw this darling card by Marion Vagg for the Muse #71 Challenge, I knew exactly what I would make for my daughter's 15th birthday tomorrow.  She is nuts about owls, and I loved Marion's card so much, I didn't change much at all.

Here is my card.  I made a hand drawn frame--never done that before, and then paper pieced the owl and branch from Paper Smooches Hooties.  I'll also link this up at Paper Smooches Anything Goes Challenge.

I'll bet you are surprised not to see a card for the PTI blog hop.  I have been so busy and just did not have time to make anything.  And, the little crafting time I had yesterday was spent making these two cards for a 5 year old boy who is gravely ill.  His big wish is to get a lot of birthday cards with is name on them.  His birthday cards from me will be late, as his birthday is today, but I imagine he will still be happy to receive birthday mail.  Here is a link to his story, if you would like to read more and perhaps send him a card, too.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wave the Flag

Hi.  I am popping in really quickly to share a card for this month's One-Layer Simplicity Challenge to Wave the Flag.  I was inspired to make this card by a tee shirt I saw someone wearing that used canoe paddles for the stripes on a flag.  I was too embarrassed (or sensible) to ask the person if I could take a picture of her shirt for my card-making files.

To make this card, I cut a rectangle out of a post it, adhered it to the card, and then stamped the canoe paddles in a line.  Then, I put the negative part of the post it on the card, removed the rectangle and stamped stars, embossed them with clear, and then sponged Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink over the stars.

This card will be going to Operation Write home, and I will probably cut out the focal point and mat it, as there is an unfortunate smudge of ink that I am not happy about, but for now, it is still one layer. 

I apologize for my lack of blog visiting and commenting, and hope to get back in the swing of things soon.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

CASology Week 105: Run

Hello and happy Tuesday.  It's time for a new challenge at CASology.  This week, our Cue word is Run.  We have a sponsor Add a Little Dazzle, who has provided us with some brightly colored metal sheets to use on our projects.  These metal sheets are so easy to cut, and look fantastic when embossed.

I broke out a new stamp set that was a gift from a crafty friend--Little Inker Rat Race.  How cute is that little rat, running through the maze?  I cannot believe that I am posting a rat for the second week in a row.

Now, it is your turn.  What do you think of when you see the word RUN?  Have some fun with the cue word RUN, and then please link up your creation on the CASology blog by Monday at noon (CST). 
Check out the beautiful designs from the CASology Design Team members and see how they were inspired by RUN.  

Don't forget to keep your card Clean and Simple.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

CASology Week 104: Pet

Happy Tuesday--time for a new challenge at CASology.  Our cue word this week is PET.  I think this is a really fun one.  I was going to make a card with a dog on it, since I am in love with the puppy we adopted almost a year ago.  However, I think a lot of people have puppies as pets, so I decided to feature our other pet...Ace the Rat!  Many people do not know that rats make terrific pets--they are clean, furry and very sweet.  So, this week was supposed to be Ace's turn for the spotlight.

I fell in love with Avery Elle Storybook stamps, mostly because of the cute rat image (actually I think it is a mouse, but I never told Ace that.)  I paper pieced a little scene in honor of our pet rat, Ace.

Now, for the sad news....Ace died last Thursday--after I made this card for him, but before I needed to post it.  He lived a long life (for a rat) and was loved so much.  We really miss him.  Here is a picture of Ace with his adopted puppy brother, Sherlock.

Ace (2011-2014) with Sherlock (2013 -  )

Now, it is your turn.  What do you think of when you see the word PET?  What pets do you have?  What is the most unusual pet you have ever had?  Have some fun with the cue word PET, and then please link up your creation on the CASology blog by Monday at noon (CST).  If you'd like, please post a picture of your pets--I think it would be fun to see your pets.

Check out the beautiful designs from the CASology Design Team members and see how they were inspired by PET.  

Don't forget to keep your card Clean and Simple.

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Crafting With My Mom

Hello.  I must apologize for not getting around to visit as much as I would like lately.  My most recent house guests left today--I did get to spend several hours in my craft room with my mom.  Mostly, she was admiring all of my cards and selecting which ones she wanted to bring home with her, and I was basking in her praise and admiration as well as making a few cards for her.  She has two friends who will be celebrating milestone birthdays soon, and she wanted something age specific for them. 

And inside:

I was able to use the same basic layout, but changed lots of the details to make a card for a woman and another for a man.  And, no--they are not married to each other..

My mom loves puzzles, so when I saw the Lil Inker Piece of Me set, I had to get it.  I did not have time to make anything for my mom before she visited, so I pulled together these quick cards while she was here.  Thanks so much, Amy, for the inspiration.  I used this week's ColourQ #249 for color inspiration.

I had made a set of mini note cards with patterned paper mini envelopes when my MIL was here last week, and my mom decided to take that set as a gift for a friend.

They all fit into a little gift bag that I made with the We R Memory Keepers Gift Bag Punch Board.

My mom is a Certified Chocoholic (me too!!) and I had a bunch of chocolate stamps out to show her.  I only had a chance to make one chocolate card, and owe her a bunch more using other images.  I am excited to complete the set.  It will be a delicious project.

Last up is a card I had such fun making.  I used the sketch at Seize the Sketch #24, and paper pieced everything using Echo Park So Happy Together.  This stamp is NBUS and it is called Ilovetoshopabella and I think it is from Joann's.

Well, that's it for me for this weekend.  I hope you all have a great week.

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Halfway through the Week

I just said goodbye to one batch of houseguests, and my next batch arrives tomorrow.  One of those things about living in San Diego--the guest room is never vacant for long.  I managed to squeeze a bit of crafting in during the past week by setting up a large table in the downstairs hallway, bringing down a bunch of supplies, and helping my MIL and SIL make cards, envelopes and gift bags.  A bit frustrating, as I am not a natural teacher, but anything to get a little crafting time.

I used my first set of stamps and dies ever from Clearly Besotted to make this very fun ice cream birthday card using the sketch from this week's CAS(E) this Sketch.  I am also entering this card at Virginia's View Challenge #5.

A pair of one layer cards for this month's One-Layer Simplicity Challenge--using this very fun surfboard set I first saw on Susan's blog.  I'm not 100% convinced that these cards work--it's a little difficult to read the sentiments on top of the right surfboard, but I'm going with them anyway.

I made this next card just for fun--I was trying to get some stamping done in between requests for help.  I have seen something like this design done with this stamp before, but cannot remember where--if it was you, please let me know so I can give you credit.  The sentiment is Mama Elephant and the images are poppies from Verve Poppy Birthday.  The card needed a little something, so I put some color coordinated sequins on.  I'm entering it into Seize the Birthday without toppings.

My last card was inspired by this very cool birthday card I saw at Darnell's birthday party by Sharon's Creative Essence.  Sharon used embossing but I was lazy and used die cuts to achieve my black and white look.  This card was supposed to be my first entry at The Cutting Room, a new challenge using die cuts, but I missed the deadline to post.  I will definitely try to enter that challenge again, as I really do love my die cuts.  I used the 'rock and roll' inking technique on my sentiment--Pure Poppy, Summer Sunrise and Orange Zest, and then used little spongers to ink the edges of my card base to match.  I am entering this card at Virginia's View Challenge #5.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

CASology Week 103: Glow

Happy Tuesday.  It's time for a new challenge at CASology, where our cue word this week is GLOW.  Most of the time, I try to go with the first idea that pops into my head, and that was the case this week.  I immediately thought of this cute Waltzingmouse Little Lantern set I received as a gift from a sweet friend and had never inked up.  I was thinking of the warm glow of a lantern, set outside to welcome someone home.  I think I am already planning for the day that my oldest daughter comes home from her summer adventures.

Here is a reminder of the CAS guidelines:

1.  One main image
2.  Lots of open space (uncluttered)
3.  Limited layers & embellishments
4.  Quick & easy to recreate
You can see that my card meets all 4 criteria above.  I thought that by putting the strip of yellow paper on the left side of the card, I was reinforcing the glow of the lantern.  What do you thnk?

Now, it is your turn.  What do you think of when you see the word GLOW?  Have some fun with the cue word GLOW, and then please link up your creation on the CASology blog by Monday at noon (CST). 

Check out the beautiful designs from the CASology Design Team members and see how they were inspired by GLOW.  

Don't forget to keep your card Clean and Simple.

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Two One Layer Cards

I am playing along with this month's One Layer Simplicity Challenge #7:  Wave the Flag.  My first entry is so super simple and CAS, and I really like how it came out, although it is nothing like what I had envisioned in my head when I started out.  But, after trial and error, playing around with different stamps and placement, I ended up with something that is very simple, and I could probably make 50 more just like it in an hour.  Kind of the definition of CAS, right?  I think this card would be perfect for Operation Write Home.

Stamps are PTI Boy Basics Simple Circles and Square Prints, sentiment is from Desktop Design and inks are SU Night of Navy and Real Red.  I am also entering this card at Simon Says Monday:  W is for White.  Lots of white space on this card.

Here is another one layer card that also fits the criteria of One Layer Simplicity--I used this week's Make it Monday #170:  Masking with Die Cuts to duplicate the card I made for Darnell's birthday yesterday.

I like this one OK, but I don't think it quite has the punch of the original (card on right)

That's it for me today. 

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