June 22, 2018

Lori's Garden Vines

Hi, hope you are having a great day and have lots of
fun stuff planned for the weekend.

Today I have a card to share with you that I made using
this weeks Wednesday sketch over at The Outlawz.

When I saw this sketch I thought "oh man what am I going to
use for that flourish in the corners."
I looked through my dies and didn't find anything so I
went to Cricut Design Space and searched for
flourish, and didn't see anything so then I search corners
thinking maybe some fancy corners would come up.
Well, I did find the perfect corner flourish for my card.
I spent a lot of time looking through my stash for the perfect thingsto use to make this card.  I had picked out my paper before
I found the pretty corners and they came from an
SEI pack called Aunt Gerti's Garden.  The center polka square
was from the same paper pack.
Then when I found that flower in my stash I knew it wouldbe great for this sketch. 
The vine corners are from the Cricut Imagine cartridge
called Lori's Garden.  I think this was my favorite Imagine
cartridge.  I am so happy that I can access all my Imagine
cartridges in Design Space.  I printed and cut them using
my Explore and they cut perfectly, I was a bit worried because
some of the branches were so thin.
The happy birthday wishes is a Catherine Pooler die and
I thought it worked great on this card.
I didn't realize that the vines corners and the paper
are both from a garden named pack.
I just noticed that there is nothing colored or stamped
on this card, weird for me.

I hope you like my card, would love to hear your thoughts.

Challenges entered:
Crafting With Friends - anything goes 
Crafty Catz - anything goes/twist blooms
Creative Fingers - anything goes

June 20, 2018

Dancing Girl

Hi, I have a quick fun card to share today.

I am trying to do some cleans & simple cards sometimes I
have a hard time leaving so much blank space, but I find as
I am doing more of then it becomes a bit easier.

This week over at CASology the theme is "jumpy".
At CASology is always clean & simple cards and then with 
a theme.

Here is what I came up with.

The stamp is from Clear Dollar Stamps and I have had it for many
years, in fact, I don't think they are even in business anymore.
I colored her with my Prisma Pencils and then added a bit of 
watercolor background.  Stamped a sentiment
added a few sequins and that was it.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today.

June 18, 2018

Multi Step Stamping

Hello, I have another card to share with you that is 
using the Kitchen Sink stamp multi stamping flower.
This is the same stamp as I used in my last post, while I was
making the previous card I had stamped out a few of the
flowers in different colors to decide which colors I wanted
to use.  So when I saw the sketch this week at 
Crazy 4 Challenges it was perfect to use one of those
flowers I had stamped.

Here is the sketch

and here is my card.
I replaced the center square with a circle that I die cut using a 
stitched circle. All the papers are from a Close to my Heart
paper pack called Roxie.  It is a few years old but I love the colors
and patterns.
Even the 2 strips across the card, they are the top strip
of 12 x 12 piece of paper that I cut off.

It was a simple card to put together but I love how it 
turned out.
Thanks for stopping by.

June 14, 2018

Flowers of Friendship

Hello, hope everyone is doing well.
Today I have a card to share with you that I created following
the sketch this week at 
A couple years ago I heard of stamp company named
Kitchen Sink Stamps most of their stamps are multi-step stamps
so the images you stamp all the layers separate so it gives
them dimension.
Both of the flowers were stamped in 4 layering including the
center.  The sentiment is from the same set.  The set
is called Daisy you can check it out HERE.
I used Catherine Pooler inks to stamp them,
The yellow background in an embossing folder from
That is it, hope you liked my card and I am grateful you stopped by.

Challenges entered:
Freshly Made Sketches - sketch - ends 6/18
4 Crafty Chicks - Birds & Blooms - ends 6/20
Aud Sentiments - anything goes/sentiment - end 6/18
Crafting with Attitude - anything goes - ends 6/24
Southern Girls - anything goes - ends 6/27

June 12, 2018

CAS(E) This Sketch

Hi I have another card to share with you today.
I have felt like messing around with my Distress Oxides to
make some background papers.  When I saw the sketch this 
week at CAS(E) this sketch I knew it was perfect for using some
Distressed paper.

Here is the sketch this week.

Here is what I came up with.

I used watercolor paper and did some smooching using my Oxides 
in the colors Spiced Marmalade, Wild Honey, Abandoned Coral and Candies Apple.  I love this combination of colors.  I popped the 
                                 watercolor strip to give it dimension.
I stamped the flower using a Simon Says Stamp and then colored
it using the same colors then misted it with water and hand cut it out.
The happy birthday stamp is from Bo Bunny.
I added a few sequins to bling it up a bit and that was it.
I had so much fun making the watercolor paper I made a few
other in different colors while I was at it.

Thanks for stopping by.

June 8, 2018

A Humorous Birthday

Hi, today I have a card with a bit of humor on it

I have had this stamp set for a number of years and haven't
used it much.  I love chickens so when I saw this stamp set
from Rubbernecker I had to buy it.

I made this card following the sketch from last week over at 
The Outlawz.
I stamped the chicken on kraft cardstock using 
Catherine Pooler inks, Eucalyptus and Sauna.  I used my
MISTI (as I do for all my stamping) so I could stamp it
a couple times to make it show up on the kraft.
The chickens and the sentiment are both from the same
Mark's Finest stamp set, unfortunately, they have closed
down their shop.  I must have bought these stamps 6-7 years ago.
I used my chicken wire embossing folder for the background and
the background chicken paper is a single sheet I had.
Added a bit of twine and that was it.
I will enter this in the Retro Rubber challenge that
wants you to give your love to some old stamps.  The challenge
is open until June 15th so you still have time if you wish to play along.

Well, I hope you liked my card and got a chuckle out of it.
Just have to figure out who I can send it to that would get a chuckle also.

June 7, 2018

A Cheery Get Well

Hello all, when I started to make this card following the sketch this week
over at Sketch Saturday I knew I wanted to use the new
ink colors from Catherine Pooler.  As I was working on the pieces
and started to put it together I thought it was just
right to cheer someone who is sick up.  The colors are
so bright and cheerful.

This is the sketch.

I started out by stamping the atrip across the card with a 
dotted stamp that came in the last Stamp of Approval box using the
new inks, Limoncello, Grape Crush and Be Mine and then a 
little bit of All that Jazz.  I just love these inks, the colors are
so vibrant and the names are so fun.
Then using those same inks colors I watercolored the vase and flowers,
The vase & flowers are a Gina K stamp I have had for a long time.
The sentiment is a Rubbernecker stamp, stamped in Grape Crush.
I embossed the yellow using a Darcie embossing folder.

Thank for stopping by to take a peek at my card.

Challenges entered:
Sketch Saturday - sketch ends 6/8
Aud Sentiments - Anything goes + a sentiment - ends 6/18
Crafting with Attitude - Anything goes - ends 6/24
Creative Knockouts - Anything goes - ends 6/23

June 4, 2018

Kokopelli - Have a Great Day

Hi, back to share another card with you.
Hope you all had a great weekend.
For this card I followed the sketch this week over at
The House that Stamps Built.

Here is the sketch.

I live in the desert in Arizona so I love all the southwestern things, when
I saw this stamp from Repeat Impressions I just had to get it.

I colored it with my Poloychromo pencils and mounted it on a distressed piece of paper.  I embossed the side panel with a southwestern embossing folder
then a simple square embossing paper on the back.
To the corners I used my Nuvo drops to had some copper dots.

So that is it, I hope you like my card and thanks so much for stopping by.

May 29, 2018

(CAS)E this Sketch

I play along this week at the
(CAS)E sketch challenge, I love CAS or clean and simple
but I often have a hard time with them. 
So I made this card following this sketch.

So out of my comfort zone but I am pleased with how it turned out.

I wanted to use the latest 4 Catherine Pooler inks that
just came out.  A couple of them actually came on in a previous
Stamp of Approval box, but they were just added to the store. 
I wish the colors would show up better in the picture.
The bottom circle are stamped in Grape Crush, the dots above it
in Limoncello and Be Mine.  The dotted line was stamping
using All Tha Jazz.  I love CP inks they are so vibrant and stamp perfectly. 

Maybe I can get more comfortable doing CAS cards if I practice them and make some more.

May 25, 2018

Watercolor Background

Hi, woohoo posting 2 days in a row.

I love creating a card following a sketch and recently I ran across another
challenge that has a weekly sketch challenge it is

Here is the sketch for this week.

I was drawn to the watercolor look of the yellow in the background
so I got out my Catherine Pooler inks and went to work.

I used 2 of the colors from the Spa Collection for the watercolor look,
Stone Blur and Rose Petals.  Then for the strip across I cut out
a piece of paper using one of the new CP border dies that came in the
lasted SOA box.  Then I colored it using Daydream ink.
The butterfly is a Close to my Heart Stamp, that I stamped in
Stone Blue then with an aqua brush I filled in the pink area with
the Rose Petals ink.  To finish it off I added a couple
flower buttons.

Challenges entered:
Paper Craft Crew  sketch - ends 5/29
Clean and Simple - CAS card - ends 5/29
QKR Stampede  - Anything goes - ends 5/31