Monday, September 18, 2017

Oldie Moldie Monday

It is Monday - time to show some love for your old supplies.

I checked out the challenges - and found one that fit - thank goodness - since I need to be working on Christmas cards.

The challenge at Merry Monday is  to use a tag on your project.


I had sitting on my table this cute little penguin.  He was already colored.  I knew exactly the old paper I wanted to use but I could not find it - but that is ok - because I had another purple grouping.  It is a Christmas 6 x 6 pad but you couldn't really tell from the papers I used.


I think the penguin stamp was once a $1 stamp at Michael's.  The tag is a die from Paper Smooches.  The sentiment is from a Hero Arts set.

Yay - one more Christmas card made and there are 3 more penguins sitting over there that I could make a few more cards for my Christmas cards for 2017.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Clean and Simple Happy Birthday Cupcake

I have been working on some cards for a couple boxes for charity.  I wanted to do some birthday cards and this is what I was inspired to create.

I started with a digital image and sized it so I could 4 on an 8.5 x 11 sheet.  I then cut these images out with a rectangle stitched die.  I then printed the same images on printed card stock and fussy cut them out.  I sued distress ink to color around the cupcake.  Dry embossed a white panel to pop the cupcake panel on.  I matted the white panel with turquoise paper to match the sentiment.  This could very well be an oldie moldie monday post because this is an old digital image, old sentiment stamp and old patterned paper.  But, as I always say, your old supplies still make beautiful cards.



I am entering this in the following challenges.

   Addicted to Stamps where the challenge is Clean and Simple. 



CASology where the challenge is Cake.


Wednesday Simon Says Stamp where the challenge is Clean and Simple.

Shop Your Stash where the challenge is Emboss Like A Boss.  I dry embossed my white embossing mat and heat embossed my sentiment.

Tuesday Throwdown where the challenge is Happy Birthday.

Whew I have not done that many challenges in such a long time.

Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Journal Page a Day Keeps a Woman Sane

A couple weeks ago I had to have my appendix removed.  I am recovering and I am not a patient patient.  Do you know how many things you drop on the floor each day.  If you bend you have to make it count.

I have been journaling/creating and this has helped me stay somewhat sane.  The challenge at Mixed Media Monthly Challenge is Vintage - I created a Vintage page.


I made my entry on a separate page of kraft paper and adhered it to the journal page.  Sometimes this works better, especially if you are using sprays.  Don't ask me how I know this.

The background is a collage of many different things.  I know I used dry wall tape, some bandage tape, paper, fabric, string, etc.  It was all covered with a layer of white gesso and gold gesso.  This gold gesso is so much fun to work with.  I added some embossing paste for the brick wall the couple is standing on and also some circle is the upper right corner.  The frame was bought in a package of frames at a rummage sale for 25 cents - plus many of the frames were already fussy cut.  I used distress paints, distress oxide inks to color the background.  I found this vintage feeling washi tape that is in the upper left corner.  The sentiment and couple are Tim Holtz products.  The heart was cut from a piece of packaging.


I used a few rub ons in some places trying to use up some of my supplies.

Here are some close ups of different parts of the page.


I love how the background turned out on this page.  It has a very vintage feel.  I took a plain pencil and marked around the couple and different edges on the page.  It added just a little contrast in the background.


You can see a rub on in this upper right corner.


Art is therapy and it is helping me heal.  I do wish it would do it faster though.  It helps the mind but the body takes it sweet time.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Oldie Moldie Monday

Monday - time to show some love for your old supplies.  I needed a birthday card for a great niece later this month.

The image is by Paper Smooches and has been in my supplies for a long time.  The paper is from a 6 x 6 pad.


Remember to show some love for your old supplies - use it and then you won't feel as guilty when you buy new stuff.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Hapy Little Stampers September ATC Challenge

It is time for the September ATC challenge at Happy Little Stampers.


An ATC is a tiny work of art that measures 2.5 x 3.5 inches.  They are so fun to create.  They can be as flat or as fat as you want.  

This month the challenge for HLS ATC is shapes.  I had a set of dies with different size shapes in it and decided to use that on my ATC's.  The background is done with distress oxides.  I cut the shapes with my dies and layered them for some dimension and texture.  I traced around them with a black pen to add definition to the shape.  A simple label was created for each ATC.



Please join us this month at Happy Little Stampers September ATC challenge.  We want to see your spin on "shapes".

Friday, September 8, 2017

Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Die Cuts September Challenge

Time for a new challenge at Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Die Challenge.



It is time for you to dig out your dies and paper supplies and make a project for our September challenge.

I made this card for an exchange for a card making group I am in.  The theme was washi tape.  You look at this card and you say - where is the washi tape - well the washi tape was applied to card stock and then die cut.  The feathers and two of the hellos are from washi tape.  The black hello is from card stock.


The background was made with distress inks. smooshed on the paper.  The paper was matted with black.

Please join us at Happy Little Stampers September Die Cut Challenge.  

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Happy Little Stampers September Mixed Media Challenge

How did it get to be September?  All the kids have now returned to school so everyone has more free time to spend creating (ha ha)..

The September challenge for Mixed Media at Happy Little Stampers is collage.  



I had recently gotten a new stamp set from Concord and 9th.  It is called Lacy Leaves.  The leaves are stamped with brown embossing powder or acrylic paint backgrounds and distress oxide ink background.


Here are some close ups of different parts of the card.  The top of the leaves with a twine bow and gold thread.


The coordinating die cut that goes with the stamp set.


Here is the collage background for my card.    Just a bunch of different thinks glued to a base.


I dry brushed a light coat of gesso over the top of the collage.


A cut strip of gold vellum was sewn to the top of the card.



The leaves are from two different backgrounds.  One leaf is brown embossed on a distressed oxide ink background.  The other two leaves are embossed on acrylic paint backgrounds.


The sentiment was die cut several times and stacked on top of each other.  The remainder of the sentiment was stamped on the card base.

I am really happy with how this card turned out.  I have two more collaged backgrounds to make cards with.

Please join us at Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media September Challenge.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Oldie Moldie Monday

Labor Day - 41 years ago I had the ultimate labor day - I gave birth to my 2nd daughter.

Back to today - a couple oldie moldie Monday cards.  I had these images colored.  The cards will go in a box of cards for soldiers.  They always need missing you cards.



Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Oldie Moldie Monday on Thursday

Life is always throwing obstacles in your way.  An angry appendix was my latest aventure.  It has been removed and I am now healing.  I am posting the card I had made for oldie moldie Monday.


This will go in my cards being sent to some soldiers being sent overseas.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Oldie Moldie Monday

It is Monday - time to show some love for your old supplies.  This time I have used old paper, old stamps and a sentiment stamp that has never been inked.


I used a Sticker for the soccer ball.  It is a little oversized.  I made two of this card.  One to go in the box going to soldiers stationed overseas.  Hopefully someone has a little boy who would love to receive this card.

Thanks for stopping by and remember to show some love for your oldie moldie supplies.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Oldie Moldie Monday

I am sharing a card I made for a challenge blog but decided not to post it to the challenge.

This card will go in a box going to some troops.


This patterned paper is so old and rather thin so it was not fun to work with.  I have created a sentiment for baseball and football for a very simple card.

Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Vintage Tuesday Morning Sketch

I loved the sketch when I saw it at Tuesday Morning Sketches.  It is a sketch with many possibilities.  I went vintage with this sketch.  I used a new 6 x 6 pad of paper from Prima.

Here is the sketch.


The 6 x 6 pad from Prima is very vintage and has lots of pink and black on the papers.  The black polka dot was sitting on my table and I thought I needed a contrast between the two layers of patterned paper.  I fussy cut the little pieces that form the collage grouping with the typewriter.  I thought I needed a little piece of lace in the grouping.

The sentiment is from a set I bought at JoAnn Fabrics for $1.99.  One of the best sentiment sets I have bought in a long time and I have gotten my money's worth out of it.  There are several others I have and I love them also.




Thanks for stopping by.  Making this card started my day on a very happy creative note.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Happy Little Stampers August ATC Challenge

It is time for a new ATC challenge at Happy Little Stampers.  The challenge this month is doodle.



I am not a skilled doodler but I am trying to get better.  I guess the one thing I have always drawn is flowers - you know as you sit in a meeting or are on a conference call - you draw/doodle a flower.  This is  what I decided to doodle this month.


The background is very well aged paper that I had just used on a card so I decided to use the last little pieces on my ATC.  Orange and pink go together pretty well.  Doodling was done with black and white pens.  I used some tiny Tim Holtz stickers to add some words.

Please join us at Happy Little Stampers in August and doodle on an ATC.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes With Dies August Challenge

It is time for the new challenge at Happy Little Stampers for Anything Goes With Dies.  Such an easy challenge to enter.


I am on a drive to get my birthday cards made for the remainder of 2017 so I chose to make another birthday card with my dies.

I was going to make my own background paper with distress oxide inks but I took the easy way out.  I had recently purchased a new 12 x 12 pad and it had this beautiful pink/yellow/orange paper in it.
I had some white card bases and chose to use one of them for my card.  Since I wanted my white layer on top to match - I cut apart a card base and trimmed it down.  I used a Tim Holtz to die cut the background die in the corner.  I then used his wildflower dies and cut three of them to add to the card front to fill in the white area.  The sentiment was white embossed on the pink paper and fussy cut out.


After the card was adhered together, I added enamel dots to the card front.  I did put a little glue under each to make sure they did not come loose.  I pop dotted the sentiment on the front.

Please join us for our August Anything Goes With Dies Challenge.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media August Challenge

Hard to believe it is August already and time for a new Mixed Media Challenge at Happy Little Stampers.  The challenge this month is tissue paper.


I had ordered online and my items came wrapped in this beautiful tissue paper and I knew I wanted to use it on a card.


I adhered the tissue paper to watercolor paper with gel medium.  I wanted to use a paper that had some body to it to support what I was going to add to the front of the card.  I added a layer of snowflake texture paste to add some glisten and texture to the card front.


I colored a circle with Dina Wakely paint to make a matching background for the flower I fussy cut from the tissue.  The background matches beautifully.  The flower is pop dotted on the matted circle.  The circles are also pop dotted for more dimension.


I white embossed a birthday sentiment on a black circle and then cut the top off and pop dotted it to the top of the card.  I tied a beautiful bow to bring some more black on the card front.

I had fussy cut another large flower and I put that on the back of the envelope so it will be pleasing to the eye also.

Please join us at Happy Little Stampers for our August Mixed Media Challenge.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Merry Christmas

It is never too early to start making Christmas cards.  Last year I had thought I had used all of these poinsettias up but I found some more so I made two more cards.

I am doing it for several challenges.

Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge for the Month of August is



The next challenge is Shopping Our Stash where the challenge is Countdown to Christmas.

The last challenge is Addicted to Stamps where the challenge is Holiday.

Everything was from my stash - very well aged.  Old flower, old brad, old stamp for sentiment and some old paper (but that is not as old as the other supplies.  I finished the card off with some gold spray.  I made 2 of the card.  Two more Christmas cards done - YAY.




Thanks for stopping by.  Everyone have a great week end.


Oldie Moldie Monday

It is Monday - time to show some love for your old supplies.  Normally I use paper for my Oldie Moldie Monday creations but this time around I am using all old stamps on a background I made.

I was inspired by the sketch from CAS(E) This Sketch.



Once again I struggle, a CASE card has lots of white space.  Does white space mean white space or does it mean ares with nothing in it.  I am going with the latter definition.


I have many gold stamps and the majority of them are well aged.  I did buy a new one this year but I put it in a safe place and it is no where to be found.  I did use distress oxides for my background.  I think next time I will use an oval to make my golf mound. and to use as a mask.

This card is going to a friend.  I am making four of this card.  One will go in a box being sent over seas to a group of soldiers and the other two will go to my friend who supports two non profit groups with fundraisers and the cards will be sold for those.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Case This Sketch Birthday Card

I try to make CAS cards but sometimes I find it is very difficult to do.  I think I nailed it this time.

I am working on some cards for a box being sent overseas to a group of soldiers and thought this card would go in the box plus it was flat and easy for them to mail home.

I decided to use the sketch at Case This Sketch.    I use a version of this sketch sometimes when I am creating cards.


I had bought a new 6 x 6 pad at Tuesday Morning (as if I needed another 6 x 6 pad in my collection).  It is specifically birthday related so I think I will get good use out of the paper collection.

The background has a very slight pattern to it so that helped me handle all that white space.  The stamp is from Jo Ann Fabrics.  It is a collection of sentiments in their new $1.99 bins.  I have gotten several sentiment sets out of there which I just love.


Thanks for stopping by and checking out my card.  There are so many good causes out there you can make cards for.  A fellow card maker I met on Operation Write Home is coordinating this drive for a troop from her state.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Oldie Moldie Monday

It is Monday - time to show some love for your old supplies.  This is a combination of old and new supplies.  The stamp is a new Whipper Snapper Stamp which I could not leave behind at the store - it had a bee on it and the bee was sewing.  It is so precious and reminds me of my mom and all the other Bea's in my family.

The paper is from an old 6 x 6 pad.


This card is being sent to a friend who I worked with for almost 20 years.  We also carpooled together so many memories between the two of us.  She is a very special lady and she has moved to another state so I do not get to see her too often.

Remember your old supplies can make beautiful cards or other projects.

Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Canvas Corp Traveling Journal

Here is my June pages for the traveling journal I received.  I was inspired by a project on U Tube that had the black dots and bright colors.


The journal had a small insert inside the page so that was fun to work with.  Here you can see the front side of the page.



Here is the backside of the insert.  Very simple.


I started by cutting the black dot paper from Canvas Corp to fit the page.  I masked off a border around the edge and added gesso.


I then added color to the center of the pages using different colors of High Impact Paint from Tattered Angels.


I then stenciled over the top of the bright colors with white gesso.


I removed the masking tape.  Look what happened  It tore the top of the dotted paper away in several places.  I felt so sick to my stomach that I had ruined my page.


But as Carolyn Dube says - it is an opportunity to be creative.  So I added one of the paints to the oops areas.  I also drew circles in this area with a black marker.


I cut flowers with my Silhouette out of black card stock and adhered to the pages.  I used one bloom on the backside of the small page.

In the end I was very happy with my page even though I had that "oops" in the middle of it.