Friday, November 13, 2015

Simply Create Too DT Challenge no. 98

Give Thanks friends. Yes, we all have lots of things to be thankful for.

Do you keep a gratitude journal? I just began one in October and will add to it until the end of the year. When I get a bit stuck...I take so much for granted...I just write that I'm glad I got out of bed in the morning. It doesn't have to be that way. Make sure you don't forget it.

Off my soapbox and onto my card for Simply Create Too.

This card used stamps from Simon Says Stamp. I've been subscribing to their monthly kits and enjoying them quite a bit. There were lots of goodies to choose from. I'm not in the habit of using chips for my cards, but these fit perfectly. The papers except for one were from the kit too. I added some bakers twine and a button from my stash. The heart was made using my Brother Scan 'N Cut machine. I added the faux stitching to make it stand-out.

You have an entire week to make a thanks card, so won't you join us?


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

I'm So Broke, but it's nearly Christmas

Hello everyone,
My title is so apt. I truly don't want to go on-line and look at my checking account. I went to a local Stamp Convention this past weekend vowing and re-vowing all last week not to spend more than $100. Alas, I am so very weak when it comes to these events. It wasn't even as good as it usually is. Quite a few well-known vendors were missing. But somehow, yes somehow, I think I used my debit card to the tune of $400. I seem to be on some kind of a die cut  journey. We used to have only Spellbinders...with Sizzix in the mix a bit. I can no longer keep track of the companies and the beautiful lines of products. So, that's what did me in. And let's not even mention the $99 kit from Catherine Pooler's new "Stamps of Approval" line. This kit is different. It doesn't have paper, washi tape, ribbons, etc., Just stamps and some dies. I think she's on to something, because you have to hurry and order as soon as the kit goes on-line or you'll miss out. It's pricy initial, however when I averaged out the price of each stamp set and the dies, it came to a savings of about $40 if I were to buy them from individual companies and that doesn't include shipping.

So here's my card made with a set from SOA. The company is called, the ton Coutour clear stamps. I've never heard of them, but Catherine did. Go check out Chatherine's kits and her website StampNation. She's been around awhile, but I found her her somewhat recently.
Glad I did.

I pieced the leaves using some long-retired SU dsp. and fastened them onto a a mat of watercolored paper. The base is A2 SU artichoke green cs. The medium I used for coloring are my new set of Inktense pencils. I wanted to try them out so I bought a set of 12. Now I want the big girl set of 72. Hmmm, but under the circumstances, not any time soon. The sentiment and little bitty images are from another SOA find by Casual Fridays, called "Snowy Sayings." They're embossed in Ranger's liquid platinum embossing powder.  A bit of glossy accents for the berries and we're done.

Hope you like my card.


Monday, October 19, 2015

Get Creative Challenges no. 26, Use Halloween Colors

So Fall is trying to come here in AZ, but it's a bit of a haul as temps struggle to stay in the double digits. Nevertheless, the kids come out for Halloween. My family doesn't get into it much, preferring to do the Harvest Festivals that several churches have for families.

That doesn't stop me from making a card or two to celebrate it. At Get Creative Challenges, we have a sponsor who graciously offered a few digi images to play with, SamiStamps. Go check out her shop. There's a sale going on this week.

I struggle with coloring faces, so I opted for the easy way This digi image is called  butterfly flower. Can you see how the top flower is shaped like a butterfly?

I couldn't exactly envision Halloween colors for the flower, so I reached for the bleach and used that technique. It worked perfectly on some Coredinations premium krafty card stock. It was the right color and thin enough to absorb the bleach. The leaves were colored with pencil. The other papers were from Graphic 45, French Country. I used a cream heavyweight base and some beige baker's twine. The sentiment is from a Flourishes set. I stamped it in SU whisper white craft ink and then embossed it with white embossing powder. The colors are the subtle side of Halloween on a get well card which thankfully, I don't need right now so it will be added to my stash.

You'll have two weeks to play along with us at Get Creative Challenges. I hope you can join us and play.


Saturday, September 26, 2015

Get Creative Challenges no. 24

Hi Stampers,

Yes, I know, my card has been posted on the challenge blog and I haven't bothered to post it here. Well, I'm not quite sure why, but my visitors are few and I don mean few. Not even more than one or two of our team visit my blog. It's kinda sad and that is just one of the reasons that I don't rush to post. Another is my horrible photo taking skills. Certainly I am to blame for it. I don't own a tripod, though I have 2 or 3 on my Amazon wish list. It just isn't a priority for me. However, I know it may be part of the reason I don't get more visitors. I promise my cards are often more than passable, but you can't tell from my poor quality photos and of course, I just have the basic edit capabilities.
So at the end of this year, if I haven't persuaded myself to purchase a tripod, I will be leaving one of the design teams I'm on. I will probably give the other one, Simply Create Too another year.

The image is a digi from Fantasy Art by Niki Burnett. I have tried to accustom myself to digital stamp. And I feel I've made quite a gallant effort, but for me, mounting, inking and pressing the stamp down to paper is a most gratifying thing to do. While downloading, sizing and printing out an image doesn't cut it. There may be a point in time when I totally have run out of space to store even one last clear stamp set, but I pray when it does, my eyes will have grown too old to see, my hands will be too arthritic and my back just won't allow me to sit long enough to finish a card.

In the meantime, our challenge is to use the fantastical and I made a step easel card and lots of fussy cutting from a Recollections 12x12 paper pad to get all the animals on board. The pumpkin was made with my seldom used, but much loved Brother Scan n' Cut, which cut the shape from its inventory and I just had to color him up.

And before I say good-bye, I entered my card here, Creative Craft Cottage, because I couldn't resist an Anything Goes challenge.

I hope you get a chance to play along with Get Creative Challenges this weekend or soon We have just one more week.


Saturday, September 12, 2015

Simply Create Too Design Team challenge no. 94, Early Christmas Wishes

Happy Saturday friends,

I don't plan on spending a ton of time on making Christmas cards this year. I will however, be making  treat containers for several teachers and friends. So I need a fast and simple card to turn out about 20 and move on. This card couldn't be any simpler. Just take some pretty gold (the in-color of the moment) and red card stock. Use a Tim Holt Alterations Holiday Wishes script die to cut out a sentiment and strategically place it on your card. Add a score line for emphasis and voila. Now that I look at it here, a little bling...sequins, dots?? might do a little something for it, but this is the basis.

Come play with us at Simply Create Too. I could use a little inspiration. One or two of the cards I'll send will need a little gussying up.

Have a bless weekend.


Friday, August 28, 2015

Lousy Photo for Challenge no. 22 at Get Creative Challenges

Well hi, it's been a crazy week...didn't post my card on my blog in a timely fashion, but I own a calendar of $85.00 in value and oooddlless of time spent getting it just right. The photo is a lousy one on the Get Creative Challenge blog, so no one will even know what it is. It's bad enough I rarely get more than two comments and now no one is even going to take a second look!
Then there was a huge monsoon rainstorm last night resulting in one of our two trees in the front yard blowing down that will probably end up in the back of a landscaper's truck. To top it off, we had no electric right around dinner-time and it lasted three hours. Can you say NO INTERNET = MISERY!
Then I thought it would be cooler in the morning, since we had a monsoon, and so I took the Great Dane out for a walk. NOT! And then there were so many trees down in our beautiful common areas. Sad!  That's the big things.

Now for the glasses keep falling off my face and I haven't had a check-up in more than two years; no mamo in three years, and my grandson can't find the top to one of my newest Hefty Plastic containers. Those dang containers ain't cheap and I'm rather anal about keeping them together.

There's my card. My photo doesn't do it justice. It's an image from our challenge sponsor, Eureka Stamps. Please do play along with us and I hope your week is better than mine was.


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Get Creative Chllenges no. 20, Monochromatic Purple

Hi Stampers,

We're having our 20th challenge at Get Creative Challenges and our theme is monochromatic purple. Our sponsor is Polka Doodle. (I'll update with a link as it doesn't seem to be functioning at the moment.)

Here's my image and card.

I was complaining to my design team members the difficulty I have with copics when coloring hair and faces. So I made this gal's hair gray. I've seen gorgeous shapely women with gray hair. Some people age well. I, unfortunately, am not one of them.

I used copics to color everything and Wink of Stella in clear to go over her purse. I used lots of dies for frames, flourishes and the butterfly. Then finished it with ribbon and a ceramic flower and pearls. The sentiment is from my stash and wasn't in a set. All of the papers are different shades of purple.
Her skin tones were done with Derwent skin tone pencils. I think I do better with these than copics.

At Get Creative Challenges, we always have a sponsor, so you can win digi stamps. So don't delay. Head on over and play along with us.