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Sunday, February 7, 2016

A crafty week

Hi Everyone!

I can't believe I'm this late (for me anyway) getting the card I made for PaperCrafters Corner Magazine Monday Challenge #131. I'll show you what I've been doing after the challenge.


I do NOT like snow unless it's photo. SO I DO like this inspiration piece. 
I thought it would be simple.....watercolor a background and stamp the trees. Nope. it didn't stamp well in multiple colors. It took me 3 tries to stamp the trees. Here is the final result.


I had started a crocheted afghan that was made in squares that are stitched together. Each square took me a whole day to make. It called for 30 squares. It was not fun. Not at all. Mainly because it used a reverse single crochet which is done left to right. My hands did not like it. Why keep going if it's not relaxing and fun? So.....I started a new afghan for my daughter from another mother. Otherwise known as my daughter's best friend.


This will be the center. The border is something new for me in that it's done by itself and then stitched on to the center. My hands are much happier with this pattern. 

I've also been working on my project life type album.


When I first started scrapping this way I wanted all the journaling printed. As a result I wasn't getting far. Now I'm using my own handwriting and the pages are getting done. And that's whats important. I have 14 years that are mostly complete. One more year and I'm at the point where I got my first digital camera. Now a new nightmare starts. Getting all those photos PRINTED! 
One step at a time. One step at a time.

So there you have my crafty week. 
Have a great week! I'm going to crochet while hubby watches the game.....even though the STEELERS aren't playing. 

Friday, January 29, 2016

PCC week 130

Hi Everyone!

I love this week's inspiration from the PaperCrafters Corner Magazine Monday challenge


You would think with all that color I would have a very colorful card. 
Nope. 


I was drawn to the black and white around her eyes. The birds are a Spellbinders Sapphire die. The stamp is Unity.

Are You Going To Play This Week?? 

Friday, January 22, 2016

PCC week 129

Hi everyone!

Are you getting snow where you are? We're getting anywhere from ...2 TO 3 inches north...4 TO 7 inches south in my county. So who knows?
So I'll be CRAFTING!

This week's PaperCrafters Corner challenge is so colorful!
The internet/computer is being temperamental today so here's the link:
 http://papercrafterscorner.com/blog/papercrafting-challenge-magazine-mondays-week-129/

And here's my card


I chose the watercolor flowers as my inspiration. I used Unity stamps, Kuretake watercolors, and vellum.

Have a great day!

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Using SCRAPS

Hi Everyone!

This week I finally decided to sort through my cardstock scraps. I had them in large ziplock bags by color and the were getting all bent up. I went to Dollar Tree to find something, anything to store my scraps. I ended up getting medium sized manila envelopes. Not the best solution but I'm planning on put lots of the scraps to use. I should throw out a lot of them but I just can't! I mean, I just got the Spellbinders Sapphire dies and they're small. :)

So......on to a few cards I made with the scraps.


I started my sort with the red/pink scraps. To make this card I glued the strips into a piece of copy paper and embossed it. I used Unity stamps, Spectrum Noir markers, Darice and Spellbinders Sapphire dies to complete the card. I'm entering this in the Unity monthly challenge to use red and pink. Also the Spectrum Noir monthly challenge.


This woven card started out like this:


I taped strips of white card stock to a piece of junk mail. Using the mini circle Gelli plate and Dylusions paints I made my print. The Spellbinders sentiment finished off the card.
I'm entering this in Carolyn Dube's challenge to use something that would have been thrown away. 


This last card was started a long time ago. At least the embossing. I wanted to try something different but I didn't know what. I pulled out some gloss varnish and started painting the raised area just to see what it would look like. I liked it! Once it dried I added the Spellbinders and gems. 

Have a GREAT WEEK!

Saturday, January 9, 2016

PCC #128

Hi Everyone!

This is the first PaperCrafters Corner challenge of 2016!


This image is adorable. For my card I used the bright colors and party theme. And what better party than a Birthday party?


Every birthday party needs banners and balloons!

Have a GREAT WEEK!

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Happy 2016

Hi Everyone!
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year's!
Mine was quiet and happy. :)

Since Santa brought me new Spectrum Noirs I decided to make a card. 


I used a Unity stamp, Spectrum Noir markers, and a label using my label maker. I messed up my stamping and the label covered it perfectly. I really had a hard time finding the label maker. The box it was in could have used a LABEL! :)

Have a great week!

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Merry Christmas!

Hi Everyone!

I can't believe that Christmas is only a few days away! I am not ready. We just put up the tree. O still have wrapping and baking to do yet. Well, I'm not stressing. What gets done gets done. I just want to enjoy the holiday, not stress it.

Here are a few cards for the Susan K. Weckesser Christmas Love Campaign.



I used some scrap paper and some ephemera that I found hiding in my stash. Not my usual style but they were fun to make. 

I wish you all a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Sunday, December 13, 2015

PCC #126

Hi Everyone!

I can't believe that Christmas is almost here. The weather feels more like spring. That makes me VERY happy!

Take a look at this week's PaperCrafters Corner magazine inspiration:


It's so fun. For some reason (Maybe PCC's 12 Days of Christmas giveaways)  I was drawn to the man's packages. 


I covered some chip board to make the packages, added holly paper and the sentiment. All done :)

Have a great week!


Saturday, December 5, 2015

PaperCrafters Corner week 125

Hi Everyone! 

This week's challenge at PaperCraftersCorner is very colorful.

Papercrafting Challenge: Magazine Mondays - Week 125 Inspiration Piece (image)

I LOVE that Stephanie gives ideas for these challenges. I saw circles and triangles on her list and immediately knew what I wanted to make.



I recently bought 2 Spellbinders dies from Tuesday Morning and put them use. The 'ornaments' are regular hole punches in 2 different sizes.

Look at what came in the mail this week!!!

This is the prize I won from the configurations box challenge at PaperCrafters Corner. The box was stuffed full of Halloween goodies. An album, 12x12 paper, 6x6 paper, ribbon, washi, stamps, embellishments....The list goes on....and on. 
Thank You Stephanie!!!

I really hope you decide to play along this week.You're making Christmas cards anyway, right?
Link it up!

HAVE A GREAT WEEK!






Saturday, November 14, 2015

PCC #124

Hi Everyone!

I hope you're all doing well.
This week hasn't been the best for us. Our dog, Penny, was supposed to have surgery today to remove some mammary tumors. She ended up with an infection in the mammary chain so the surgery has been postponed. She's feeling better but not quite her old self yet.
Add that to last night's Paris attack, and attacks in other places.....not a good week.

But today's post is about card making.

This week's inspiration at PaperCrafters Corner is beautiful. I love the fall colors!


Using the colors and the flowers I created a Thank You card.


This card gave me the opportunity to use some more of these Prima flowers that I've had for a long time. (Bonus!) I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder, Unity stamps, and Colorbox chalk ink. 

Hoping for a better week for me and a GREAT week for you!
I know I'll be praying not just for Paris but also for HUMANITY!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

PCC #123

Hi Everyone.
It's almost Halloween. Are you ready?

PaperCrafters Corner is more than ready. Challenge 123 features PUMPKINS!


My card does not. :) I used the colors. Especially the orange.


I used Colorbox white ink to stamp the flowers and sentiment. The flowers are colored using Prismas. I recently learned that Prismas show up on black. That makes me happy.

While I had the stamps out I made a second card. 


I stamped on 7 Gypsies paper and colored the flowers with Spectrum Noir markers. It took 2 tries to get the stamping right. I mistakenly thought I had enough room for the top flower without masking the one next to it. Oops. Instead of throwing it out I cut out the one good flower. I added it to the bottom flower with a pop dot. I actually like it better. 

Hope you all have a safe, fun Halloween!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Halloween configurations FUN

Hello. 
Happy Halloween.
A little early.

Today's creepy post is brought to you by a PaperCrafters Corner Challenge.....to make a Tim Holtz configurations book. PCC's new creative team member made one. It's amazing!!

Here's mine:


Some close-ups

I made the spider from my stash of beads. It was painted with  Deco Art black paint then I added Ranger dauber paint in silver to match the skeletons.
I used the same technique from the spider to color the bottle and skull ring on the right and the skull beads on the left.The chandelier is from Blue Moon beads. I colored the pearl with a sharpie. I couldn't find any pumpkins I liked so I made both from salt dough and then painted them. The moon scene is from the packaging,
 The chains are from old jewelry, the bat from dollar tree, and the bottles are Blue Moon Beads. The locket/mirror I found in my stash. If you look close you just might see a ghost.
I made the books from scraps. The tombstone is from Dollar Tree. The bottle idea came from Brandy. 
The crystal balls idea aslo came from Brandy. I used salt sough to make the witch hat.  
The blood stone are rocks from my yard. The ax is from Blue Moon Beads.

Supplies
Dollar Tree-Skeletons, skulls, bat
Michael's-spider web
Tuesday morning-bottles
Pat Catans-stack of skull beads
Blue Moon beads-chandelier, bottles, weapons
Everything else came from my stash.
Paint-Deco  Art-black; Ranger dauber-silver; Apple Barrel-pavement & white
Inks-Colorbox chalk ink for aging the paper
Liquitex texture paste
Papers-Glitz; American Crafts-silver paper (thanks Steph)

This was so much fun to make! So much so that I plan on making a Christmas one. 
Anything you want to see closer or info about just ask in the comments. Thanks for looking. 


Saturday, October 24, 2015

PCC #122 & a special card

Hi Everyone! 
I hope LIFE is treating you well. 

This week's challenge at PaperCrafters Corner is Halloween/Thanksgiving themed.

Love the dark look of this cover. For my card I used a Darice embossing folder and FaberCastel chalk pencils, Colorbox white ink, and a Unity stamp. I wanted it to have that dark look of the inspiration piece. 


PaperCrafters Corner has a new magazine challenge every week. I'd love to see more players. :)
They're also having a Tim Holtz configurations book challenge! The deadline is Nov. 13th.  I'm working on my entry but I used the box instead of the book. (I hope that's ok) I'm hoping to have it done soon. It's so much FUN!

The second card I made was at the request of my sister. In her job she meets lots of people. All types of people but mostly those with families. I don't know how this started but when she sees someone in crisis like a family member with a drug addiction, medical issue, etc. She gives them a small stone cross. Like a worry stone. That person keeps it until their issue is resolved.Then it is passed to someone else. She wanted a card to go with the cross and this is what I made.


Inside she'll put the directions for the stone cross. I stamped a Unity sentiment on the inside that reads "faith. hope. love. live by it always."
I used another Darice folder and Spellbinders crosses.

Have a GREAT WEEK!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Challenges

Hi Everyone! 

This week's challenge at PaperCrafters Corner is another Halloween themed magazine cover. 


I really liked the blues and purple colors and used them to make my card.


I used Unity's Create Your Day by Susan K. Weckesser.   I created a simple little scene and colored it with Prismacolor colored pencils. I love the whimsical look of these stamps. I also love the sentiment "Create your Day". It's something I try to do. 

Surprisingly, this also fits the autumn Create to Live challenge on Susan's blog


The colors are similar and the challenge to 'Enjoy the Simple Things" works as well. Just looking at this image and my card reminds me of simpler, childhood days spent drawing and coloring. 

I thought you might want a little update on my afghan.


So far I have made 5 of these squares. It took almost a whole 1 pound skein. I realized I'm going to need 2 more skeins of yarn to complete the afghan. :)

Have a great week!!

Friday, October 9, 2015

PCC #120

Hi Everyone!

I am happy to say my eye is all better! In celebration I bought some yarn to make myself an afghan. 


I hope I bought enough yarn. 

Anyway....This week's PaperCrafters Corner challenge is Halloween themed. 


It's an adorable image but I rarely make Halloween cards. Since my daughter is away at school more this year I decided to make one for her. 


I used Derwent Inktense blocks to color this Inkadinkado stamp. I think she'll like it. :)
I hope you'll play along this week. 

Friday, October 2, 2015

PCC #119

Hi Everyone!

My daughter is coming home this weekend!! I'm so excited. We'll be celebrating her 22nd birthday while she's home too. Busy weekend ahead. 

This week's PaperCrafters Corner challenge is awesome! It's monochromatic!


I was going to use a stamp with books and take this challenge literally. But, I already had a Unity set out called In my Garden by Susan K. Weckesser. 


It started out as masking practice. Then coloring practice. Then adding white with a jelly roll pen that I found. Then I had a card! :)

If you haven't tried the PaperCrafters Corner weekly challenge, you should. It's always an interesting image for inspiration.

Friday, September 25, 2015

PCC #118 & Spellbinders

Hi Everyone!

It's been a week since my eye surgery. So far I'm doing well. It's just taking some time for my eyes to sync up again. So, since I still don't feel comfortable driving, I've been making cards. 

This week's PaperCrafters Corner challenge Had lots of possibilities.


The colors, bottles, fruit.... Lots to choose from.

I picked 3 of the colors to make my card.

I wanted to use my punches since I haven't used them in a long time. Off to Pinterest for ideas.  
I saw a pin that showed how to make roses from a 5 petal punched flower. It takes 5 flowers to make one rose. I don't have the punch but I do have little flowers....lots of them. It worked great. I tried the same technique using a daisy punch to make the yellow flower.  
I found more flowers made with different punches and dies. Of course I had to give it a try.




The first two flowers were made using the Spellbinders scalloped ovals cut into petals. The last one used Lace Doily Accents.