Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Just plain cute!

Hello friends this little cutie doesn't even need an introduction does she!?!

I've been working hard on some Valentine cards for my father's Assisted Living community.  I wanted to make them all one layer cards.  When I saw the challenge at Less is More I decided to let this little Valentine make her appearance early.  I hope you will join me in the gallery at Less Is More.

And for all you CAS lovers out there please visit the Penny Black Simplicity Blog where my fellow team mates will dazzle you with some brilliant! "SAS" that's sweet and simple! heeheehee


xoxo stamp set #30-330 by Penny Black
SWAK die #51-284  by Penny Black

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Merry Monday - Let it Snow!

I love snow! but lately I love it much better from inside a warm house or better yet I enjoy snow in pictures while I sip ice tea poolside! LOL Ok, so I haven't been poolside lately but even though I am sick of winter I never get sick of snowmen!.  Back in late December I saw a card that Birgit of Crafting While I Wait blog created.  I fell in love with her vintage looking snow people so naturally I had to shop! (see Birgit's card HERE)  : ) I received my stamp set on Monday - the same day I found THIS CARD made by  Linda of Lin's Craft Corner.  You can easily see why I had to join this weeks Merry Monday!

 One of the things I remember about vintage Christmas cards is the use of glitter on them : ) so I went wild with the glitter.

Here is a shot I darkened a little so the glitter would show up better : )

 I hope you will join the fun at Merry Monday where the snow is really piling up : )

BIG (((HUGS)))

Snowman stamp by AveryElle
Tree border is a retired Stampin Up die

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Sledding with Penny Black

"Back in the day" January was my favorite month of the year for sledding at the local golf course on our new Christmas sleds! : ) These days I am content to sitting in the warm house playing with sled die cuts! giggles

Today is my turn to share on Penny Black's Simplicity Sisters blog.  This little sneak peek isn't enough! how about you grab your sled and meet me there! : ) 

Stay warm friends : )

Monday, January 22, 2018

FMS Challenge under the wire

eeek! I was so busy playing with my new Penny Black stamp sets that I almost forgot to post my card!

Here it is in all it's cuteness : )

Inside: Your voice is mew-sic to my ears

I am really enjoying having more time to play with challenges and the Freshly Made Sketch Challenges have always been one of my favorites!!  It might be a little late to join this one LOL but I hope you'll check out the DT and gallery for some sweet inspiration!

BIG (((HUGS)))

Purrfect #30-396 by Penny Black
Filled with Love die  #51-284 by Penny Black
Heart die cut by Spellbinders
Scallop heart die by Spellbinders

Friday, January 19, 2018

Sending Sunshine

Hello crafty friends : )

Just popping in from a busy busy week to share a SIMPLE card I created as a Penny Black Simplicity Sister! : )   One of the best things about being a part of this talented DT is the amazing products we get to showcase!  Please visit the Penny Black Simplicity blog for more inspiration!

I created this card for a very good friend of mine with a January birthday : )  As you can see it really was a simple card to make.  I masked off a section of my card and inked a soft blue "sky" next I stamped this sweet sentiment and finally glued three die cut trees.  I popped up the center tree for added dimension and off it went to the post office!

I forgot to take a shot of the inside of the card so I snapped a quickie with my phone.  I masked off a little platform for my inside sentiment to sit on : ) I have not done this before and I really liked how it turned out.  The inking is super soft and really compliments this delicate the delicate font. : )

That is all for me today. I hope you are having a wonderful day - doing something inky : )

BIG (((HUGS)))

All supplies by Penny Black:

Treasured Sentiments #30-356
Tall Trees # 51-273

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Twofer Challenge kick off!

Hello friends : )  I am here today with a couple of cards I created for Darnell's new challenge!

This is not only going to be a fun challenge it is going to help me to build my card stash back up!  Every January I review my calendar for the cards I will need for the year and I was super shocked to see how low my card stash has become.

I am also planing a "Secret Pal" program in the Assisted Living home my father moved to last month.  My poor Dad would rather be almost anywhere else! but it was "just time" for them to get a little bit of help.  My step Mom fell in November and had a brain injury so she is recovering in a nursing home a few miles away.  As soon as possible (if possible)  she will move in to the assisted living facility with Dad.  Until then I have been sending oodles of cards to keep their spirits up! : ) I am hoping to enlist my Dad to help with the Secret Pal program there which will also get him out of his room to meet some of the other clients at the facility.  So that means I need LOTS more cards! : ) yahooee! : )

inside: feel better soon
This one will go in the mail for my step Mom tomorrow : )

This is strange I can't get the caption under my cards to show up.  They are there but wont show up when I publish the post.  I checked the font color and it isn't white LOL but.... let's try it this way -  

inside card #1:

Feel Better Soon

Inside card #2

Happy Birthday to you and many more

I hope you will join Darnell's challenge.  She has a pretty outstanding DT and I know it will be lots of fun.  You can link to the new Twofer Card Challenge here.

Oooh! I gotta go! I'm having a hard time concentrating on my post because I made some soup today and I can smell it is ready for me to EAT! : )

Flamingos by Reverse Confetti
Sentiments on the card face by Technique Tuesday
Inside sentiments:
      Feel Better Soon by Serendipity Stamps
      Happy Birthday sentiment by Penny Black

Have a wonderful day friends.

BIG (((HUGS)))

Monday, January 8, 2018

Birthdays are a Llama fun!

Hello friends : )

Welcome to a new year and my new blog look! compliments of one Blogland's sweetest friends - Loll Thompson, owner of Stamping with Loll blog.  Loll has updated my look and given my "stationery" some Style! : ) of which I am incredibly grateful and blessed! (((Hugs))) LOLL!!

The components of this card have some of my favorite product on it.  I love this sweet looking Llama from SU and those steamers are just too too cute and last but not least one of my FAVORITE new sentiment sets from Penny Black!  All together it makes for one huggable card!

Birthday Fiesta Llama - SU retired
Linked Garland Confetti Cuts by Reverse Confetti
Birthday Love #30-413 by Penny Black

Some great challenges I encourage you to join!:

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes
Just Us Girls - Anything goes
Simon Says - Something New

Have a wonderful day and I hope you get to do something you love!

BIG (((Hugs)))

Monday, January 1, 2018

Welcome 2018!

Happy New Year to all my blogger friends!! 

Last October my friend Jill invited me to join her for a six week Watercolor Class at the local Arts Center.  We had a lot of fun together! I came to learn that I was very interested in Watercolor painting for not only my card making but also, surprisingly to me, creating "fine art".

I painted these cards for two of my sisters.  They are not rubber stamped - and yet I cannot draw! so I found sketches on-line - transferred them to watercolor paper and painted them : )   They were quite easy to complete.

I also painted a larger painting for my friend for Christmas.  I forgot to photograph it before giving it to her but I will ask her to let me get a picture of it and include it here later or write a new post for it : )  It is full FULL of mistakes! but for a beginner I was pleased.

As you can see I added a new die cut sentiments and - what you cannot see - some Wink of Stella for the perfect touch of sparkle!

Dipping my toe into Watercoloring caused me to search for more classes.  I found this AMAZING artist on-line:

Dylan Pierce Watercolor

I will be taking his classes eeek! I could not begin to hope to create art like he does but I am certain I will have a wonderful time under his direction!

That is just one of the things I am hoping to do in my spare time in 2018 : )

I am excited to see what the coming year holds for us all! : )

Edited to add my picture : ):

This is about a 13 x 15.5" finished frame. 

Thank you so much for stopping by!

BIG (((Hugs)))