Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Computers! - love em - hate em!... cake... Love it all the time!

Hello friends : )

I am so excited that I have a new computer! It has not been without some frustrations, however.   I actually hate changes! but like it or not it was time and I'm embracing it!! : ) The good news is that with this upgrade I am finally able to visit many web sites that had stopped letting me in because my computer was too old.  This new machine is  MUCH faster, never just randomly shuts down and is blissfully QUIET! : )  I am slowly getting used to the changes and thanking the Lord for my wonderful, brilliant and incredibly patient husband, Bob : )

I have not been making cards much lately as I have been working on a baby quilt for my soon-to-arrive Great Grandson!! and studying on-line water color tutorials : )  I did make this card for my husband's "baby" sister who turned 60 today so I thought I would share : )

I would like to enter this card in the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge where it is "All About Occasions" this time.  Please join me in the gallery!!

I hope you are having a great week so far and that you are getting to do all the things that make you smile!!

BIG (((hugs)))

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Spa Day

Nothing like a Spa Day right!?... I have never actually gone to a spa! LOL am I really missing something? Maybe I need to try it.  I think I may be too cheap because I think of the cost of a Spa Day and then weigh that against buying paper crafting supplies and so here I sit with clogged pores and ooodles of nifty stamps and dies!! LOL

I have been doing a fair amount of relaxing lately though.  I have been working hard on my watercolor classes.  These two pictures were difficult for me.  I won't try and point out all the problems but I will tell you the farther away you get the better each picture looks.... kind of like my complexion! LOL

Painted on 12 x 16" watercolor paper

Painted on 9 x 12" watercolor paper.  The color is really off in this photo.  I tried to fix it but is is a bit less PINK!

Thanks a bunch for stopping by! Have a wonderful day : )

BIG (((hugs)))

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Poof! It's your birthday

I have some silly cards for you today that I had a lot of fun creating.

My great nephew Caleb is turning 3 next week. When I was pondering a design for his card I decided I wanted to make a card with a little movement.  I think "interactive" cards are really neat for little kids (and big kids too!) so I decided to play with some of my Black Friday" finds.

Here is what happens when you lift the flap...

The pajamas don't miraculously change color when you lift the flap! LOL but when I finished Caleb's card I liked it so much I made two more cards for two other youngsters on my birthday card list.

For the flap closure I used a real super fine Velcro tape.  I have not been able to find a link to the exact 3M tape I used but HERE is one that looks like it is the same.  It is a really nice product because it is thin and has a very light hold - perfect for use on cards!!

My design was inspired by the AAA Cards challenge game #156 found HERE.  I hope you will join me in the gallery - but you better hurry this one ends soon!!!

That is it for me today.  Have a wonderful weekend!!

BIG (((hugs)))

Lift The Flap Circles by Lawn Fawn
Sweet Dreams stamp set by Papertrey Ink (discontinued)

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

CAS Christmas card challenge

Hello ladies : )  I hope you are having a great week.  I have been enjoying lots of card making so far in 2020 so that means the year is off to a wonderful start for me!!

I realized way too late in 2019 that I failed to keep up on my Christmas card making and have challenged myself not to leave those cards to be crammed into my December schedule again this year.  The best way for me to accomplish my goal is to join Loll's Christmas card challenge as often as I can!  You can join too - there is plenty of time.  See her newest challenge HERE.

My card was quick and easy! I used one of my favorite Make It Market kits from Papertrey Ink, Wonderland.  I can't say for sure but as best I can tell it is no longer available from PTI but HERE is a link that I found.  I hope it helps.

I used a pre-printed tag from the kit and added a skater that I stamped in black ink and attached to the "rink" using double stick foam tape.  This was added to my white card stock which had been embossed with "Falling Snow" by Stampin Up, which also appears to be discontinued.

BIG (((hugs)))

Monday, January 13, 2020

BE MINE please : )

I'm happy to be back with another card I created using the newest release from Penny Black, "Share The Love" available in the on-line store HERE

My card design was inspired by the sweet inspiration photo at TIME OUT Challenges.  This challenge closes on January 15th and brace yourselves girls! that is only a few days away so hurry and enter your Valentine themed card in the gallery soon.

And check out the new CASology challenge, and check out the new CASology challenge, and check out the new CASology challenge! HERE. heeheehee

If you are wanting for inspiration please visit the Penny Black blog HERE.  You are sure to be bitten by the love bug! and find lots of sweet supplies for making your Valentine's Day cards.

Thank you very much for stopping by! I hope your week is off to a SWEET start!

BIG (((hugs)))

All supplies by Penny Black:

Elegant Stitching #51-440
Fur-Ever Yours Cut Out #51-604
Key..., Cut Out #51-495

Friday, January 10, 2020

Happy Birthday Jillybean! Seize the day!!

Here is wishing the happiest of birthdays 
to the sweetest of friends!! 

I am honored to call Jill Foster my friend.  She is as sweet as she is talented.  Since moving to New Mexico I miss our crafty days together!!  Have a wonderful celebration with your family Jill.  : ) You deserve the best!!

Here is Jill in yellow... and on the inside of the card - that's me in purple! notice the gray hair? LOL

I will enter Jill's card in the Seize The Birthday Challenge found HERE.  I hope you will join me by linking up to this fun challenge.

Thank you for stopping by friends : ) Join me in wishing Jill a very happy birthday by visiting the Penny Black blog HERE and leaving her some birthday love.  : ) when you do you will see more of me! as yesterday I am featured on the Penny Black Blog too!!

BIG (((hugs)))

Complementary Colors by Neat & Tangled
Square Peek-a-boo Window by My Favorite Things

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Snowflakes falling on JUGS!

Hello friends : )

Next week is my sweet granddaughter, Katelyn's, 14th birthday.  She lives in California and though she doesn't get to see it often - she loves snow! : )   I created this card for her after seeing the challenge at "Just Us Girls" where the word is "Snowflakes".

I had to add a close up - darkened - picture of my card to prove there really are snowflakes on it! LOL Clean and Simple - white on white cards are pretty but they are not that easy to photograph!

There is still a little time left! please join me in the JUGs gallery.  The challenge ends at 9:00 p.m. on Thursday January 9th.

Please come see me again on Friday when I will share a special birthday card I made for one of Blogland's most talented card makers, Jill Foster, Penny Black's Social Media Director.

Have a great day friends!!

BIG (((hugs)))

Supplies? I'm sorry to say, every stamp I used on this card is now discontinued - but if you would like any specific information let me know in the comments section and I will do my best to help.

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Sharing The Love.... with a porcupine and a cupcake!

Yahooee another day and another new release from Penny Black..  See the entire new release in the Penny Black online store HERE.

I created this card for my Dad : ) he has always been available for a hug - even when I was  being prickly!! heehee get it?

The design for my card was inspired by the challenge at CAS(E) this Sketch.  The challenge is open until January 9th.  I hope you will join me in the gallery there!

I have loved working with this Penny Black release.  All of the images are so sweet and versatile.  Here is another card I created using the Cupcake Cutie stamp set.  How do you spell Awwwww!??! : )

That is it from me today.  I hope you have been inspired to visit the Penny Black on line store HERE.  If you need more inspiration visit the Penny Black blog HERE and you will get it!

Thanks a bunch for visiting.  Have a wonderful day.

BIG (((hugs)))

All supplies by Penny Black:

Snuggles #30-660
Snuggles Cut Out#51-600
Love Expressions #51-025
Ribbon Stackers #51-409
Elegant Stitching #51-440

Card #2
Cupcake Cutie #30-651
Swirly Stitches #51-502

Saturday, January 4, 2020

2019 Favorite Cards for The Card Concept

Hello ladies : )

One of my goals for 2020 is to join more Challenges and so I am here to share my take on one of Blogland's favorite challenges.  The challenge at The Card Concept is to share our favorite card from 2019.  I am sure I am not alone in having a difficult time finding just one card to share so... being the rebellious individualistic gal that I am I have TWO cards to share!! : ) I hope you won't mind.

I was featured on Penny Black's Simplicity Blog on April 15, 2019 in a post called "Giving Winter The Boot" with this card.  I wish I had a pair of boots like these - don't you? : )

My second card was one I actually created last January but never posted to my blog.  I thought it deserved a debut. : )

That is it for me today.  I hope you will join me at The Card Concept with YOUR favorite card from 2019. Have a great weekend!!

BIG (((hugs)))

All supplies by Penny Black:

Card #1
Blooming Boots #40-666
Blooming Boots Cut Out #51-525

Card #2
Love in Bloom #30-522
Big Love #51-488

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Sharing the Love and more Watercolor fun!

Hello and Happy New Year!! I hope your holidays were wonderful in every way and that your 2020 is off to an amazing start!

I have been spending some more time with watercolor painting but this time I've used one of the beautiful new stamps from Penny Black's newest release "Share The Love" available in the Penny Black On-line Store HERE

I used Arches Cold Press Watercolor paper and Winsor Newton Professional Watercolor paints : )

I urge you to visit the Penny Black Blog where you will be wowed! by all the inspiration you find there from creations using product from this fantastic release!!

I want to thank each of you for the kind comments you always leave about the cards I make.  I'm always so blessed by your encouragement!! I was especially happy to have the chance to offer a Give Away in my December 22nd post for a Penny Black stamp set they generously donated.  My husband was my "random generator" and drew Lisa Elton's name from the hat as my winner.  Lisa is the owner of My Paper Tales Blog.  Thanks a bunch to everyone to played along!!

 Only You #30-666

Congratulations Lisa!! your prize will go postal this week!

Have a wonderful rest of your week friends.  I will see you again very soon!

BIG (((hugs)))

Passionate Blooms #40-718