Sunday, May 21, 2017

My wild rose


I made this card using one of my favorite of stamps from Flourishes. I stenciled a partial background first using yellow ink and my Clarity brush. Then I stamped the flower image and colored it with copic markers. I added the sentiment with versafine black ink, and added some little dots with an old favorite SU itty bitty background stamp with peanut brittle Memento ink. I really loved the way this turned out. I am using it for these challenges that I found listed on Paper Playful:

PSC#32 Flower power challenge
Let's Craft and create challenge #125 - Make your own background
Creatalicious Challenge #145http://creataliciouschallenges.blogspot.com/  Use a stencil

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

CCEE1720 Fancy Folds


Lois has challenged us this week to use a fancy fold on our cards.  So she is  asking you all to make a card that includes more than one fold on it.  It doesn't have to be complicated; it just needs to have more than the normal "fold in half."

So, fancy folds are definitely a challenge for me, I did an easy one.  I experimented with some of Tim Holtz's new oxide inks at Lynn's house over the weekend. They are pretty amazing and are the newest things on my wish list. I used a script background stamp for the final layer of the background and I used die cuts for the image and the sentiment. Masculine cards are usually  a challange for me too, so included that on this card too.

I know the team will have some great unique fancy fold cards for you to check out over on the CCEE blog and hope you will want to play along with us this week. Use CCEE1720 as your keyword on SCS.


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

CCEE1719 Wildflowers

Lois is again our hostess with another challenge.  The second week in May is Wildflower Week.  Let's include some flowers on our cards today.


I used Distress inks with my Clarity brushes to make the color for the background for my silhouetted wildflowers. Since Mother's Day is quickly approaching, I decided to make my card a Mother's Day card. This is a dutch fold card so it would fit the TLC637 challenge on SCS as well.

Monday, May 8, 2017

COF May 17


I am a day late getting my card loaded, but wanted to share my card for this month's Crafters of Faith challenge for May.  Sue selected the following scripture for this month and this challenge:
My favorite verse is:
"Before the mountains were born, before you gave birth to the earth and the world, from beginning to end, you are God." Psalm 90:2.

Whenever I feel like I can't make it through a tough time, I remind myself that whatever problem I'm facing is so teensy-tiny in the big scheme of things. God always was, He is, and He always will be...long before I was on this earth and long after I am gone. All I have to do is be still and let Him take care of things. Thoughts of His constancy comforts my soul, even in the most troubled times.

Comfort is the key word for May. Make a card of something that brings you comfort. It can be a bowl of chicken soup, a fuzzy pet, reading a good book or spending time with a special person.

Have fun!


Music is very comforting to me, as is finding that quiet, still place to focus on God and His presence. I stamped this scripture from Zephaniah 3:17 because I loved that line that says: "He will quiet you with love, and He will rejoice over you with singing." 
That brings me great comfort in knowing that the Lord is always in our midst and will save us from any stress, grief, and dispair. 

Please check out the other members of this groups fabulous cards:
Kelly                                             
Barb
Jeanette
Tracy
Imke
Lynn

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

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Hi, Lois will start the month as hostess for the CCEE challenges.  She found a weird celebration to start off the month.  May 4th is National Candied Orange Peel Day.  To celebrate, let's include the color ORANGE (which just happens to be one of her favorites!) on our cards.

I love this stamp from Unity as is the sentiment. I stenciled the flowers on the background and made use of my clarity brushes.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

CCEE1717


Hi....Joanne is back  with her last challenge for the month of April. She writes:

    
When    I    think    of    April    I    also    think    of    flowers….spring    is    here    and    flowers    are    blooming.        That    is    probably    why    April    is    National    Garden    Month.        Make    a    card    that    includes    floral    or    garden    images.

We hope you will play along with us.  If you do, when uploading to SCS please use the keyword CCEE1717.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

CCEE1716



Joanne is again our hostess for this week and she made it a fun one.

    
April    is    also    Global    Astronomy    Month.        Create    a    card    having    to    do    with    astronomy,    such    as    moons    and    stars,    but    not    limited    to    that.        You    could    also    fantasize    about    alien    creatures    and    space    travel.        Use    your    imagination….Dazzle    us!!!  

If you play along with us, please upload to the SCS gallery using the keyword CCEE1716.

Here are the 'out of this world' creations made by the CCEE Stampers team you can check out here.

I found an oldie but goodie when I went on my adventure in my stamproom for something that would fit this theme. I can't remember when it last had ink on it. I didn't even remember having this one, so it might have been one a friend who got out of stamping sent me all her old sets. The sentiment stamp is one I bought at Hobby Lobby. Thought it fit well with the theme. I did a little wet embossing and added some silver sequin stars as well. 

Monday, April 17, 2017

CAS and stenciling


I love doing stenciling especially now with my Clarity brushes I purchased recently. I used a Unity stamp set to stamp over this stenciling for these CAS challenges I found over on Paper Playful:
AAACards CAS#88 
CAS on Sunday #106

I used Ranger Distress inks for the stenciling and Versafine black for the sentiment.


Thursday, April 13, 2017

CCEE1715 Humor



Joanne is our hostess for  the second April challenge for the CCEE Stampers and you.

     
The    month    of    April    is    National    Humor    Month.        There    are    many    occasions    when    a    funny    image    or    sentiment    can    make    the    day    of    someone    facing    some    type    of    a    challenge    (or    an    ‘aged’    birthday).        Please    make    cards    using    humor.

We hope you will join us with this challenge.  When uploading your card to SCS, please use the keyword CCEE1715.

Don't forget to check out the other humorous cards created by the others on the team over at the CCEEstampers' blog to give you your laugh for the day. 

My card was made with an image from Artistic Impressions and a sentiment from Unity stamps. I found this fun design paper in my paper stash, which I am trying hard to deplete. I used copic markers to color my image. 

Sunday, April 9, 2017

My CAS spring card


There seem to be a lot of spring themed cards this week over on Paper Playful's list of challenges. So, here is a list of the ones it might qualify for:

Inspirational challenges #132, #196 challenge at 613 Avenue Create, and Come and Get it Challenge-In the Garden.

The stamp I used is from Unity. The die I used is by Stampin' Up, and the embossing folder I used is from Sizzix.

JUGS388 Multi step stamping


This is my latest mulri stepped stamp set from Hero Arts and I love it. When I saw that the JUGS #388 challenge was multi stepped stamping I knew which one to reach for.

You can find the challenge here:

                                                   

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Mod Squad Paper Piecing challenge


Paper Piecing is one of my all time favorite techniques and I find it so fun to piece the cool outfit for this pretty lady from Unity Stamps.  While checking out the weekly challenge for Mod Squad, I was so happy to see it is paper piecing. It was fun finding some woodgrain for the guitar even. You can check out this week's challenge over at Mod Squad Challenge.

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Hi.  It is Joanne here with the first of the April Challenges.
      
The    first    week    of    April    is    called    Read    a    Road    Map    Week.        I    want    you    to    take    a    scenic    road    trip    on    your    card    in    some    way.        Have    fun    with    this!!

We would love for you to join us with thisi challenge.  Please use the keyword CCEE1714 when uploading it to the Splitcoast galleries.

Sometimes it is one thing that gets your mojo going and on this card it was my wavy design paper on this card. I found it in my stash and then had to figure out the layout of the card and the elements to use with it. Here are the results. I used a retired Stampin' Up stamp on my card, diecuts, and did a little free handed sentiment. I have a friend whose husband remodels these little travel trailers for a hobby. She will probably be the one who gets this card. 

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

CCEE1713

March 30 is the birthday of Vincent Van Gogh. Today he would be 164 years old! Let the lyrics of Don McLean's time-honored classic, "Vincent," inspire your design today. Don McLean wrote this song in 1971 after reading a book about the artist's life.

Vincent 

by Don McLean

Starry, starry night
Paint your palette blue and gray
Look out on a summer's day
With eyes that know the darkness in my soul
Shadows on the hills
Sketch the trees and the daffodils
Catch the breeze and the winter chills
In colors on the snowy linen land

Now I understand
What you tried to say to me
How you suffered for your sanity
How you tried to set them free
They did not listen,
They did not know how
Perhaps they'll listen now

Starry, starry night
Flaming flowers that brightly blaze
Swirling clouds in violet haze
Reflect in Vincent's eyes of china blue
Colors changing hue
Morning fields of amber grain
Weathered faces lined in pain
Are soothed beneath the artist's loving hand




We hope you choose to be inspired by Mr. McLean's beautiful words to create a card to honor Vincent Van Gogh and his contributions to the world.

If you post to Splitcoaststampers or any other on-line gallery, please include keyword 1713


I thought this embossing folder would be a great one to smear ink onto and spritz and print with to gain that feel of Van Gogh's starry night


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

CCEE1712


Can anyone resist the cuteness of a puppy, man's best friend? In honor of National Puppy Week, find your cutest image a puppy and feature it on your card this week! Heck, you could even throw in two or three! I love puppies!

Join us in this challenge and post your link below. Should you share your design at Splitcoaststampers or another on-line gallery, add keyword 1712.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

CCEE1711 Buttons



Lynn's challenge for us today:
National Button Week is coming up, so let's be ready by adding buttons or faux button to our cards or projects today! Perhaps it might even be a specially made box or jar in which to keep your favorite buttons! Have fun with this and be sure you return to share you creations here!

If sharing on Splitcoaststampers or another on-line gallery, please add keyword CCEE1711.

Thanks for dropping in today! Hope you decide to play along!

This is a digital image from Power Poppy. The top sentiment was part of the set. I computer generated the buttoned part and handwrote the "care" on it. I love buttons and I loved playing with my grandmother's button jar when we went to her house. Funny how we could entertain ourselves with simple things like that when toys were not available. I don't remember sitting around whining about being bored either. I guess we right brained individuals could use our minds in creative ways even with something as simple as buttons and the Sears Roebuck catalog.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Let's Go Green challenge over at Power Poppy

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These gladiolas are from a Power Poppy digital as is the sentiment. I decided they would do well on the March Challenge to Let's  Go Green at Power Poppy.  Spring is definitely the time of year that the earth begins to laugh, so decided to drop that sentiment in the midst of these gladiolas.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

CCEE1710 Bubbles

This week is National Bubble Week. To celebrate bubbles, you might create a design using a technique like painting with bubbles or stamping with bubble wrap. You could also certainly use any stamps you have which incorporate bubbles in the image.

Use your imagination and join us this week in celebrating bubbles! Link you creations below!

Those adding your design to Splitcoaststampers or other only line galleries need to add keyword CCEE1710.

Thanks for visiting us today! We love seeing you here!



I started this card by adding reinker to some dish detergent and blew bubbles with a straw. It didn't turn out all that well, so I added the stamped bubbles too. For an embellishment I added dew drops because they looked bubbly. A fun challenge and who doesn't love blowing bubbles.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Trying out my new digi


I was inspired by a beautiful card made by a stamper I admire so much over on SCS, Linda Paider. She used this new digital from Power Poppy, and the nice thing about digitals is that you can purchase it and have it the same day. Can't beat that, right?  So looked to see what challenges this card might be suitable for and decided on these two: Cute Card Thursday and Double D Challenge.

I colored this image with my chromatix markers. I embossed the two front pieces with a Sizzix folder. I also embossing the pink mat for the image.


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

CCEE1709 old stuff


Lynn is our new hostess for this month, and she has asked us in honor of "Old Stuff" Day to make a card or project making use of some of the earliest stamps in your collection, or make use of old supplies in your stash. A fabulous vintage image would also be great for this challenge!

So dig deep and pull out that "Old Stuff" to play along. If adding your challenge card to Splitcoaststampers or another gallery, add keyword CCEE1709

I love looking through all my old stamp sets that I couldn't seem to part with and found two retired stamping up sets. One had this vintage lace glove, lacy border, and sentiment, and the other set had these pretty long stemmed flowers. I thought this pretty much fit the bill. Showing a little love to these not so frequently used stamps, seem to bring me some smiles too. What's that saying, "Everything old is new again."


SC634 and Mod squad "bleach technique" challenge


I combined the sketch challenge for today over at Splitcoaststampers with the bleach challenge going on today over at the Mod Squad Challenge. Technique challenges are always about playing and experiementing for me, as I have very few that turn out like I visualize them in my mind. Today I tried not to have that preconceived idea of finished card in my mind other than to follow the sketch I had in mind. When bleaching out colored cardstock, you might be surprised with the color that appears, but this one came out a cream color. I dipped the stamp into the bleach and stamped the image so that it would bleach out. Then with a paintbrush I painted leaves with bleach. After this dried, I used versafine black ink to restamp the image, and I used black sharpie to draw details to the leaves. Then I added copic markers to add color. I really was pleased with the results. It reminded me of a pretty floral fabric when it was finished. I then cut it down to be the size I needed for the sketch challenge.

Thanks, Mod Squad for mentioning my card as one of your top three for this challenge. I am honored beyond measure.


Saturday, February 25, 2017

Crafting with Dragonflies challenge #75 Purple


I just love this new stamp I got from Unity stamps. I experimented using an edge of an embossing folder to rub ink on and spritz with water to provide a pretty purple background I really like the way it turned out. and it made the face even more promenient.  Challenges are always what inspire me or provide a little mojo to jump start my creativity, so when I saw that the Crafting with  Dragonflies challenge this week was purple, I was off and going. Purple is not a color I use all that often, but I think it was perfect for this card.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

CCEE1708


This is my last week to host the CCEE challenges this month, and it is a tic tac toe grid that is available over on the CCEE blogsite.  I am using embossing, a scripture, and ribbon. I decided to do something a little different with my ribbon this time rather than a usual bow. I also inked over the embossed portion of my card with green ink. This is one of my favorite scriptures,

Hope you go by the blogsite as linked above to see all the terrific choices my dear team members used for this challenge. Hope you can join us, and if you load over at Splitcoaststampers, please use the CCEE1708 as your keyword.

Tuesday Throwdown challenge


For the Tuesday Throwdown to make use of my favorite embellishment, I used diecuts and seam binding as my favorite embellishments. The digital is from Power Poppy  and I colored it with my copic markers.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Power and Sparkle challenge for February


I finally figured out how to print out the digital image in lighter colors so that I could take part in this month's Power and Sparkle challenge over at Power Poppy.  I love this dogwood digital from Power Poppy and wanted use it for my first attempt at this technique.   I have to shout out a big Thank You to my dear stamping friend, Irene who gave me some pointers for getting this printed.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Dragonfly Journeys challenge - Bodacious bows!


I've been trying out some new challenges to put on my blog to ger a little more traffic over here. This card I made using my new digital image I got over at Power Poppy. The great thing about digitals is that since they store on your computer, they take less space than stamps, and the other advantage is that you can resize it to fit the space you want to use. I printed it onto watercolor paper, then I tried using my reinkers from my copic markers to paint the sky. I used the makers for the flowers and I also used some Chameleon markers. This is big wide ribbon for my bow. I added the pearls for the corners.

You can find this challenge on at this site .

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

CCEE1707 Special birthdays


I am the hostess for the CCEE1707 challenge this week, and today is my mother's 88th birthday.
The challenge is to make a birthday card for some special lady in your life.

I used a digital image from Power Poppy. I found these lacy stickers at Dollar Tree, so used them to trim this card. The diecut is a Christmas gift from sister, Lynn.  I tried out one of my new Chameleon markers for the flowers. I used Copic markers as well.

Hope you join us this week and if you upload to SCS used the CCEE1707 as your keyword. Come by the blog site to check out the beautiful cards the team made.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

COFfebruary16



For the February challenge this month for the Crafters of Faith, Barb has asked us to use the scripture from 1 Corinthians 16:14 "Let everything you do be done in love."

I decided that instead of a Valentine card or tag that I would art journal that page in my journaling Bible.

CCEE1706 Color challenge

I am hosting the CCEE challenge today, so here it is:

Now is the time to get those last minute Valentines made and mailed. Everyone loves getting a handmade Valentine. Let's make this a color challenge by using red, black, white, and a bonus of glimmer by using silver.

Hope you join in on the challenge.


Sunday, February 5, 2017

Come and Get it Challenge


Inspired by this beautiful Pandora charm, I created this Valentine, that makes use of a Unity Stamp.
I used red, white, and silver glittered design paper. I added red rhinestones and used a red marker to outline the red border to eliminate an extra layer of paper. Makes it lighter and easier to mail.

This is for the SCS Inspiration challenge this week, and also  the Come and Get it Challenge.

Valentines are such a wonderful time of year to make cards.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Allsorts Challenge #401 Paper piecing



I made this for the paper piecing challenge being held over on the Allsorts challenge blog. Paper piecing is one of my favorite techniques. I used 2 kinds of design paper for this digital stamp from Power Poppy. I cut out the leaves and glued them over the print I did on the pink design paper.  I had first intended to cut the tulips out as well, but I really liked the pink background, so then I just added some shading to the tulips with one of my pink copic markers. The sentiment is from Sweet and Sassy (I think).

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

CCEE1705

Gosh, February is already here and we're  already one month down for 2017.  I am the hostess this month for the CCEE challenges, and this is Library Lovers Month. So, use reading or a book as the theme of your card this week.

Make sure you go over to the CCEEstampers BLOG to see the terrific cards the team came up with for this challenge. Please use CCEE1705 as your keyword if you post to SCS. Link your card over on the CCEE blog to join in the fun.

Here's my card which is a Sassy Cheryl Design digital that I colored and added to my card. I used some great Basic Grey design paper, and I got the quote off the internet.It's a quote by Fredrick Douglas: "Once you learn to read, you will be forever free."


Thursday, January 26, 2017

CCEE1704


Here's Vicky's last challenge for January:

By now, we're in the snow season (well, most of us!) except those of us in south Texas where we survived the two day cold snap! Let's see an all occasion card - thinking of you, get well, hello....any card you can send on a normal day...no birthdays or holidays...and it should have snow on it in one way or another.

ETA:  I just realized a Get Well card isn't an all occasion....but, I said it, so go for it if you want!

Come on, join in with us and show us your beauties!

Check out the fun cards of my team buddies over on CCEEStampers.blogspot.com

I sponged my sky, used torn paper for snow and the snowman (he's hand-designed like the real ones.)
I never see snow so these paper snowmen are as close as I get. The sentiment is from Stampin' Up and you can certainly celebrate friendship on any day you choose. Let today be a day you can celebrate just being you, my friends!!!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

CCEE1703


This week, Vicky says, " lets' see some black and cream (ivory) cards.  Doesn't matter if you use die cuts, punches or stamps....let's see those black and cream cards!!"

Have a wonderfully creative day!

So, here's my black and ivory card, on which  I used one of my favorite techniques.  I inked an embossing folder with tuxedo black, then ran it through my Cuttlebug. I used a die from Stamping up for the center focus, and I can't remember the source for the prayers die and stamp. 



Wednesday, January 11, 2017

CCEE1702 Trifold card



Vicky is hosting the challenges for CCEE this month and this week's challenge was to make any kind of a trifold card. I used the Joy fold on mine. I am way behind on my thank yous from Christmas, but I decided to brighten things a bit with these spring colors. The daisy stamp is from Flourishes and the bee is one of those dollar bin finds at Michael's. Making use of some fabulous design paper I found in my stash. A new year's resolution for me: Work from the stash and deplete the papers in my stamp room.

Hope you join in on the fun this week and if you load to SCS please use the keyword: CCEE1702.
Check out all the lovely work of my fellow team members over on the CCEEstampers.blogspot.com 

Friday, January 6, 2017

Crafters of Faith - Friendship

Starting out the new year with a restart with a group of ladies who craft and share their faith. I was a member of this group years ago, and it is great to be getting back to sharing with Christian sisters who share the love of stamping. Tracie  started us off by suggesting we use this scripture from Proverbs as our inspiration: "A sweet friendship refreshes the soul."

I just couldn't seem to find the right colors and patterns to go along with this sweet stamp, but I loved the image of these two little girls holding hands. During a particularly difficult time recently, I have been thinking just what a treasure friends are. God has lead some very incredible friends into my life and even if I don't get to see some of them often, and we might live many miles apart, I love those true friends who you can just pick up that special relationship no matter what.  like nothing has ever seperated us. Isn't that what is so special about God's love for us: when He reminds us that NOTHING can separate us from His love for us.

Check out the blogsites of my fellow crafters of faith:
Kelly                          Joan         
Barb                            Carol
Lynn                          Imke 
Janette                      Judy
Shelly

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

CCEE1701 Bird Day


Starting this new year with a new die and an old stamp. Vicky is hosting this our first challenge for 2017 for the CCEE stampers. She is repeating the "Bird Day" theme this year again, because who doesn't love these wonderful feathered creatures?  Hunt down your favorite bird stamp and if you download it to SCS please use this as your code: CCEE1701.  I used Stampin' Up markers to color onto the rubber of the stamp, the I spritzed it with water, and stamped it onto white cardstock. I really like this color scheme even though it looks like spring. It doesn't take long for me to tire of the grays and whites of winter.