Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Scribble Hearts

We have been riding the weather roller coaster that is the bridge between winter and spring.  Last Friday it was almost 60 and then we had five inches of snow Saturday night.  Today I woke up to bright sunshine before my alarm went off and tonight the wind is blowing in the rain.  Whew.

Since this is the third week of February, the second Twofer Challenge is drawing to a close.  I love the idea of using the same stamp or die on two cards for different occasions.  Since the challenge prompt  is “hearts” this month, my
cards both feature the Scribbles heart die from Stampin' Up.

Since it is February, of course the first card is a Valentine Card. I really like using alcohol inks on yupo paper because there are no mistakes; you just keep going until you get a look you like.  This card called for heart-throbbing vibrant colors with gold highlights.  I used a stitched rectangle die from Our Daily Bread for a red layer backed with more gold.  The two dies by Stampin' Up are both the image and the sentiment, which means I didn’t use any stamping on the front of the card. (Is that even legal?)

 I struggled with the second card which I had in mind to be a sympathy card.  I tried so many combinations but it just wasn’t coming together until I saw last week’s Inspired by the Little Things. From that I picked out my colors, added the butterfly wings and lacy ribbon.  I did go a little off course using a Sizzix brick embossing folder instead of wood grain. The flowers were clear embossed and water colored before fussy cutting. Punches, dies and stamps are from Stampin' Up.

And now, I am off to spend a couple hours putting the stamping room to rights.  <Sigh>  Making the mess is more fun than cleaning up but of course you know that or you wouldn't be here.

Thank you for stopping by.


Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Cling Art

I was inspired by the CAS Mix It Up January Challenge and my friend Susanne's blog post to play with cling wrap and inks this weekend.  My card is so not-CAS that it doesn't matter that I was too late use it in the challenge.

There are so many ways to use cling wrap to get a design on paper.  I applied dots of ink from Stampin Up reinkers and gold Liquid Pearls onto a piece of  the cling wrap then smooshed glossy paper down on top of the ink.  I flipped it over and wrinkled the cling wrap.  After it dried and I had carefully pulled off the cling wrap, I had some interesting designs.

The insides of the flower and the bottom layer of the butterfly were die cut from the magenta and orchid dyed paper. Unfortunately, it doesn't show the gold highlights as well as some of the later experiments did.   If I had a do-over on this card, I would have glued all the parts to a light blue cardstock instead of a white layer that I ended up watercoloring because it was too stark.

The flowers are by DieNamites and the butterfly is a set from Impression Obsession. The sentiment is vintage Stampin Up from 1994.

Now I am off to play with my kitty who is very disgusted I have been at my computer so long.  I am getting some long looks and loud sighs from that guy.

As always, thank you for stopping by.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Another twofer

With only three days until the end of the first Twofer Challenge, I am posting a second entry. I know, I am just as surprised that I had two posts in one week.  Both cards are made with the Carmen’s Veranda crane.

The first card was made using a Misti to stamp the different colors; the verse is a Penny Black stamp I have had for years.

The second card has a background made with alcohol inks in Yupo paper.  The crane and harmony symbol were stamped in Stazon ink.  Luckily I used a Misti since it took a couple tries to get it dark enough.

The first card I envisioned as an encouragement card and so the inside is has a computer printed saying I took to heart this last year that I have been in Weight Watchers. 

The second card is stamped with a Technique Junkie verse making this a best wishes card.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Twofer challenge

I took a long break from blogging.  I was not intending to be away so long, but rearranging my stamp room led to finding a roof leak which led to roof and siding repairs. Now that some order is returning to my stamp room my mojo is back.

It just is providential that my friend Susanne had wonderful news to share with the Cardologists this month.  She was asked to be a guest designer for a new card challenge and so of course I had to check it out the Twofer Card Challenge and enter this month.

Twofer was a phrase coined by Darnell which means two cards posted on the same day.  Now she has turned it into a challenge which runs from the 1st of the month until the 24th. I hope that you will check out the challenge as well as both Darnell's and Susanne's blogs.

My first card is the sympathy card on the right. It was inspired by a memorial that was posted in our local paper: A feather, a robin, a butterfly too, are all signs your ANGELS are standing with you - Mary Jac.  The second card, uses the same feather stamps with coordinating dies from Stampin Up as well as the same color scheme in a birthday card.

I hope to be back soon.  Til then, I hope you are safe and warm.


Monday, June 13, 2016

Furry Friends

Surprise, I'm back.   I had cataract surgery last month and silly me, I asked for far vision.  That's great for walking around and driving without glasses, however, it is not great for stamping.  The good news is that with new glasses I will be able to get my mojo back.  In the meantime I am making due with a pair of reading glasses/computer glasses I got from the drugstore.

And I am just in time to enter a challenge at Impression Obsession entitled 'furry friends'.  Now they have some great kitties and bunnies that are very friendly, furry animals, however, they are not what I was looking for to make a Father's Day card.

So, although you do not normally think 'deer' when you hear furry, they do have fur.  With that, I am using the Impression Obsession Whitetail Deer.I mounted it on the inside showing through a diecut oval on the outside.